Showing Children How Moral Values Matter Through Action

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Volunteering to build homes for poor families
Youth position a frame for a wall as part of a non-profit group project. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer’s Mate 2nd Class Johansen Laurel [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.

One of the most difficult parts of parenting is when the time comes to teach them about morals. It’s a strange mental place to be when you’re trying to raise your own flesh and blood to be someone who is a new and improved version of yourself. Yet you’re still learning how to be a good and better person every day. So, instead, it’s likely better to instil within them values rather than trying to get them to understand why morals are important. Essentially, morals are there so that society does not reach a place of mayhem where law and order take a backseat to atrocities. Getting children involved in activities in which they can see the good that can come out of having upstanding values is by far the best way for them to understand morals.

Kids serving meals to the homeless
Volunteering at a local shelter can help instil solid moral values in your child. Photo via F.E. Warren Air Force Base by Brandon Valle.

Unruly teens

When children hit puberty, it’s inevitable that they’re going to rebel as they see you as a figure of authority. It’s part of growing up and spreading your wings by not submitting to people who stand over you, whether they are your parents or not. However, take them down to a homeless shelter to volunteer for a weekend. It may be more beneficial to take them to a shelter that specifically helps homeless children and/or orphans. When your kids get a healthy dose of reality and what it means to have a roof over their heads, they will likely drop their teenage anger over nothing. Meeting people their age who can barely get a good meal will truly be eye-opening for them.

Nice company

Many cities have their very own dedicated children’s hospitals. This is where infants, toddlers, and young children receive care. Explain to your young kids that they are very lucky to be born healthy and happy. And now, if they wish, they can go to a hospital to help other children who are around their age. Some patients at the hospitals might be lonely and having other children to play with will boost their morale.

Volunteering to build homes for poor families
Youth position a frame for a wall as part of a non-profit group project. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer’s Mate 2nd Class Johansen Laurel [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.

Build for the needy

Another way for your children to learn what it means to help others is to be part of a team that create homes for people living in poverty. Young adults who are looking for an extra activity to help them with future job prospects and or their university admission can explore the mississauga volunteer opportunities for students to check out. Poor families that are growing in size while their income stays the same are often grateful to people who donate their time and effort to build them a new home. The process of signing up to volunteer barely takes half an hour. Get assigned to one of the teams and be contacted with further information.

Children’s minds are developing in a fast-paced world. At the same time, adults are still learning to become more civilized and treat fellow humans with more care. Thus, going through a complex explanation of what morals mean might not be as effective as actually taking your children to volunteer groups to see for themselves the hardships of the world and beliefs that can improve the world.

 

26 COMMENTS

  1. This is such a wonderful post, Christy! I guess I’m still new to the mom life because my two boys are so young. (5 & 3 years old) but it’s definitely a challenge trying to teach kids morals. You made some very good and valid points in this post!! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  2. You raise some very good points! I have a teenage daughter and can relate to a lot of what you have to say. You’ve got me thinking. Great job!

  3. Greatest idea and inspiration to all humen being whether they are teen agers youth or even parents.
    One can learn moral out of the family and to see the actions of others. Thanks Christy.

  4. This is a great post ,have been able to take my kids to take part in community litter pickup and food packing for the hungry at local centers and it was a really great feeling!Thanks for sharing!

  5. Love your ideas here. Indeed, getting children to understand the WHY behind the “rules” we have in place empowers them to either accept, or to take measures to change the rules. I think when children are exposed to a variety of situations, types of people, even different languages, cultures and countries, they are more likely to have a bigger worldview, more empathy, and understanding. I hope you’ve had a great week! xo

    • I think it’s the interaction – the experience – that makes the difference, rather than a non-collaborative listening of a speech about moral values. Hands-on learning, I believe they called it in school 😉 May your weekend be wonderful, my friend!

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