As parents we want the best for our kids. We make parenting choices to give our kids the best chance at a happy and successful life. Unfortunately we can’t control the future and choose every path our children will take. BUT we can do something to guide them in their journey. We can be intentional about our parenting and raise our children with good values. The hope in teaching our children about kindness and love is that they will take these lessons with them as they grow. The seeds we plant in our children, will bloom with time.
This post shares 5 ways to instill good values in your kids. Certainly there are many ways to share love and honesty with your children. Here are a few easy and practical ways you pass down good morals. ***Don’t miss the giveaway at the end of the post for two children’s books!
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- Teach Emotional Intelligence: As a school psychologist I am very interested in emotions, coping skills and emotional intelligence. I find value in teaching children how to identify their feelings, how to use positive self-talk and how to use I-statements to improve communication. I believe when we are able to identify our own feelings, we can start doing this with other people. Understanding feelings and showing compassion toward people who are feeling stressed or anxious is a great life skill!
- Engage in Giving as a Family: Talking to your children about good morals and being kind is important. Take it one step further by actively sharing compassion and giving as a family. When you take action and live out what you are saying it makes a greater impact. We sponsor a child through Compassion International and we love sharing the letters with our kids. Our daughter sometimes draws our sponsored child pictures. Going to a soup kitchen, giving away toys or making a meal for a family in need are all great ways to give as a family.
- Read the Bible together: Children are never too young to start learning about God. We pray with our kids every night and it was so precious the first time our two year old asked to pray. We love the The Jesus Storybook Bible because it retells the Bible in a kid friendly way. It has an emphasis on Christ being the center of God’s plan. We like using this in addition scripture. Our daughter loves the beautiful illustrations in the storybook Bible and she chooses a chapter to read each night. We also like finding books that share biblical principles and scriptures such as the board book Found detailing Psalm 23. Books are are a great way to guide discussion and help you in your journey to raising children with good values.
- Tuck Your Child In: This may sound like a silly way to instill good values, but I can’t emphasize enough how important a bedtime routine is with children. I remember my mom saying bedtime was one of the best chances to catch up on the day. She tucked me in until I left for college! She said she did it with all her kids until we no longer wanted it. Kids share things right before bed. Especially as your kids get older you want to keep the communication channels open and bedtime is a great way to check in with each other.
- Model Good Behavior: We are our children’s greatest role models. Talk to your child about challenges you face. Show them how you overcome struggles and model good coping skills. Your kids are watching! They learn so much by observation. Think before you act.
As a parents we are never going to get it right all the time. But I believe if we are intentional and strive to do our best we can make a difference in our children’s lives.
How Are You Raising Children With Good Values?
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