PEAR Programs strongly believes in developing the “whole child.” This includes teaching moral character or values. PEAR Core Values is a component of our program, which uses children’s literature, games, art activities and more to teach children the importance of good moral character or values. As parents it can be disheartening to see the moral decline in today’s society, so building a strong moral foundation and teaching values to children is more important than ever. It is vital for parents to teach core values early and model these values in their daily lives. This can be challenging, because there are so many distractions (TV, Video Games, Peer Pressure, etc.) competing for the hearts and minds of our children. Here are few tips to help you instill strong values today to ensure your child a successful tomorrow:
Tip #1: Identify the values you stand for
The first step is to define what your ideals are in a variety of life areas. If you find it helpful, brainstorm on a piece of paper what values you expect from your children and which ones contribute to a healthy and productive life.
Tip #2: Model Values Daily
Nothing is more important than modeling your morals to your children. There is nothing worse than a parent who exhibits hypocrisy, so make sure that whatever you expect from your child you in turn expect from yourself.
Tip #3: Create a Healthy Parent to Child Relationship
It is important to spend quantity and quality time with your child to build a relationship of mutual respect and trust.
Tip #4: Clearly Define Your Values
Make sure your children clearly understand what standard of values you expect from them and the consequences that will follow by not living up to them.
Tip #5: Provide Positive Reinforcement
Provide children with plenty of positive reinforcement when they demonstrate good values and make respectable decisions. This will allow them to experience how good it feels when they behave morally and responsibly.
Tip #6: Surround Your Family with Positive Role Models
Surround your family and children with people who exhibit the values you believe in. You may find yourself needing to monitor the TV/radio, joining a church or synagogue, bringing healthy people into your family circle or limiting time spent with those who may undermine your values.
“Stand for something or you will fall for anything. Today’s mighty oak is yesterday’s nut that held its ground.” – Rosa Parks