How to teach children about morals
Knowing how to teach children about morals and obtain desirable results begins with you. Do you adhere to a set of moral values? How consistently do you act in accordance with those moral values? You will never teach children about morals successfully if their personal behavior is not in accordance with your teaching.
So to get started, sit in front of a mirror and objectively assess your own behavior. If you want to teach children about honesty, determine how honest you are. If you want to teach kids about morals like respect and integrity, check your own levels for those traits. Be ruthless.
Knowing how to teach children about morals and obtain desirable results is a familiar process. We can summarize this family with this quote: “Repetition is the mother of learning, the father of action, which makes it the architect of realization.” (Zig Ziglar)
Think of “Repetition” as the family last name and the next three as first names.
Repetition, the mother of learning
Repetition, the father of action
Repetition, the architect of achievement
The three repetitions help those seeking to know how to teach children about morals.
“But I hate repetitive tasks!” you say.
You hate repetitive tasks, but you probably love accomplishments. You are reading this article because you want children to learn and practice morality, not simply to be exposed to morality.
The mother of learning
Let me introduce you to repetition, the mother of learning. She is a kind and wise entity. You know that a child can only learn by listening to the lesson over and over again. She knows that the 4-year-old who wants to learn about baseball needs to know about the game. So, line after line after line, read to that child about how to throw a ball, catch a ball, hit the ball, etc. Soon, the child knows everything so well that he can repeat it word for word. The child has learned about baseball through repetition.
TIP: To teach children about moral values, we must repeat definitions, stories, songs, and explanations until children have memorized them.
The father of action
Repetition, the Father of Action is married to Repetition, the Mother of Learning. Once you have taught with word repetition, the Action Parent enters the picture. It goes beyond words. You know that a 4-year-old who wants to play baseball needs more than just words. Then, over and over again, the Action Parent helps the child repeat the basic movements of throwing, catching, and hitting a ball. Help the child apply the memorized words in repeated exercises until the baseball performance becomes natural and fluid.
TIP: To teach children about moral values, we must repeat the guided use of each character trait until children begin to exercise those values without help.
The architect of realization
Now meet the third member of the family: Repetition, Architect of Achievement. An architect designs and guides a plan or project. Grandfather Architect uses the solid work done by Mother of Learning and Father of Action to design and guide the construction of moral values for children. True to the surname, use repetition. It helps children pay attention to details so that they can resolve gaps in their understanding and practice of moral values. Provide models of the finished character building they are working on. Inject enthusiasm and spirit into the process as the results begin to show!
TIP: To teach children about moral values, we must repeatedly call attention to faulty understanding and actions, inject enthusiasm and even rewards repeatedly until children consistently exercise desired moral values.
Repetition is the answer to teaching children moral values. “Repetition is the mother of learning, the father of action, which makes it the architect of achievement.”
Repeating definitions of character traits, character in action, and energetic spirit will pay off!