Having A Heart To Heart With Your Children About Morality

The education system in schools teaches kids many things but very rarely do teachers go into the complex nature of ethical behavior. Children will pick up the basics of right and wrong from parents. However, the concept of good and evil or just and unjust is very complicated and sitting your children down to lecture them can sometimes be a turnoff for young minds. This puts pressure on parents because without a good moral foundation, parents worry their children might grow up to have be apathetic to other human beings, potentially creating social problems. Children who don’t learn the importance of building a moral intelligence are more inclined to be involved in breaking the law when they get older, so it’s crucial to catch any voids quickly.

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Commit to morals teaching

Raising a child with good morals is a labor of love as it requires you to be prepared to answer very difficult questions throughout their development from child to adult. Whenever your children ask you a philosophical question as to why they should do something that is bad, don’t bat the question aside with the default reply of authority vs. them. Always answer your children truthfully and never veer away from a complicated answer, even if you’re comfortable with it, or lack the knowledge to give a so-called ‘correct’ answer. Lying to avoid or protect children’s minds will only exacerbate the situation, and sooner or later, they’ll learn an alternative reason if you don’t get their first. Keep a close eye on your children and feel free to ask them how they feel about right and wrong; constant communication keeps the question fresh in their minds.

Passing on the faith

Passing on your faith to children is sometimes seen as taboo as society deems it necessary to be secular and allow individuals to find a higher power by themselves and decide whether or not they believe in such a thing. However, it’s viable to teach your children, the basics of good and bad in a fun environment such as Christian retreats. Be gentle with them and try to steer clear from the conundrum of heaven and hell as instilling fear of punishment is a short term solution to them for understanding good and evil. At such retreats, they’ll have team building exercises to partake in, as well as fun sports like laser tag and glow dodgeball. Along the way, they’ll make friends who are also at that stage of development where they’re entering into a world of increased responsibility for their own actions.

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Philosophical approach

Philosophy has never been more important than in the modern world. The days of Socrates and Plato may have passed, but their moral teachings are still valid. Teach children that they should treat others, as they want to be treated. It can be difficult, but try to make them understand that physical bullying has more of a mental effect, and social mechanics are a large part of feeling accepted. Treating people as individuals, and although it may be easier to comprehend by putting people into groups or giving them labels, it may not be factually true.

Teaching the dilemmas of morality and what it means to be a human being, is perhaps the most daunting task of parents with adolescent teenagers. However, no one will teach your children the importance of right and wrong, as schools and the education system can only do so much. Bringing up children that respect others and the law of the land is a task that requires you to be consistently communicating and talking in depth about good and evil, right and wrong.

 

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