Life Skills for Children A-Z – V is for Values

One of the crucial steps in equipping your child with life skills for the future is teaching them moral values. If we don’t make the effort to help our children learn strong moral values, how can he or she ever be expected to know the difference between right and wrong?

Every day we hear more and more about violence, dishonesty and social problems in the media. School shootings, children as young as 7 or 8 committing atrocious crimes, sexual promiscuity, bullying, obesity, riots… the list is endless. If we get back to making sure our kids are learning strong moral values, much of this could rapidly change.

The moral values you demonstrate to and teach your children will stick with them FOR LIFE.

Strong moral values will create good future members of society. And it’s not down to the schools to teach them, it’s down to us as parents.

So what should we be teaching them?

The list of values runs into the hundreds with categories and sub categories abound. To make things easier, we can roughly group them into 12 key values many of which interchange with each other.

Top 12 Moral Values

  • Honesty/Integrity
  • Kindness/Love/Compassion
  • Humility
  • Self Reliance
  • Diligence/Work Ethics
  • Respect
  • Justice
  • Courage
  • Teamwork and Cooperation
  • Gratitude
  • Rationality
  • Social Responsibility

How to Teach Moral Values to your Children

Step 1 – You need to determine the values you feel are most important for you and your child. Consider their age, level of understanding and take things step by step so as not to overwhelm them.

Step 2Walk the talk. Set a good example. If you want them to show respect, you have to show respect yourself; if you want them to be diligent, be diligent and hard-working yourself.

Step 3Encourage them to think internally. They can use their own feelings and inner sense of right and wrong to make decisions. You can do this by talking through hypothetical situations with them, e.g., how would they feel if someone was unkind to them; lied to them; took something from them.

Step 4Help them to understand natural consequences and what their actions may mean for them in the future, e.g., if they lie, people may doubt them in the future; if they constantly fight with a friend, that friend may not want to spend time with them in the future. This is showing the down side of morals. You need to show the positives too, e.g., if they share their toys, others will share with them.

At CANDo Life Skills, we believe that moral values are the foundation skills that make future responsible adults. Because they are so important, we intend to make a project of moral values. We’ll be highlighting each and every moral value on the list in the coming months (and more too) to provide you with ideas and calls to actions to help you teach give these gifts to your child.

Any help you feel inclined to give with personal experiences, ideas and suggestions would be gratefully received on a CANDo email.

We really hope you’ll get involved in the project.


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