Instilling strong, positive values in our children is one of the most important things we can do as parents. The values and moral lessons we teach our children will serve as a compass that will guide them through their entire lives!
One of the lessons that we should teach our children is the importance of sharing. This lesson will help our children as they work with others in school and careers later in life. It is the cornerstone of having successful relationships and friendships.
Spring has officially started and Easter is right around the corner, and to celebrate the holiday, I am going to share 3 copies of “Planting My Values.” I think you’ll find it a truly wonderful resource for discussing values with your children!
As parents we influence many aspects of our children’s lives. Our own moral values shape what we want our children to believe in and adopt in their own lives.
A strong moral compass will be the foundation for good decision making as our little ones enter adolescence.
In Planting My Values I talk about some of the values that I believe children should conquer on their journeys of self-discovery.
In todays fast-paced society we sometimes fall short in the category of promoting youth values. Our children are obsessed with technology. This is wonderful yet can be challenging to parents. We are busy, rushed, stressed. Often we don’t understand the technology that is driving our young ones.
Lets get back to the basics. Our children are our future. A strong value system will help our little ones as they maneuver the world as it is today. Fast and furious- connected yet disconnected. Help your children acquire the value system that you want them to have.
The book will touch on these core values:
Invite your little ones to have a voice! Let me know what values you feel are important to instill in your children?
Empathy is a big word for a small child. The dictionary meaning is the psychological identification with or vicarious experiencing of the feelings, thoughts, or attitudes of another.
Empathy is a foundational value we want our children to develop and exhibit as they grow. Empathy helps children learn to care about other people. As they begin to recognize their own emotions and feelings they will better be able to learn about empathy.
Here are a few suggestions for helping your young child find empathy.
Model feeling compassion for others to your children. Let them know they are valued by you and they should value and respect others even if they don’t have the same view.
Make caring for others an important family value. If they have a pet let them know how important it I to value not only people but pets as well. What you are telling your child is empathy has value in our family.
Help your children develop self-control. Help them understand their anger and other negative emotions. Understanding these emotions can help children get along better and resolve conflict.
When my children were young I would put up a small poster each week with a new emotion to help them understand and label their feelings. For example; happiness, sadness, anger, frustration, jealousy. You can help your child develop their emotional repertoire by labeling feelings and providing pictures and examples of behavior associated with the feeling..
Both family and classroom life will be better served with empathetic children. Most important-praise empathetic behavior when your child shows it!
Planting emotional seeds like empathy at a young age is one of the reasons I wrote Planting My Values. As children grow older the benefits of service to others and giving back are instrumental in developing a selfless young compassionate adult. One of the favorite bonding experiences I enjoy with my teenage boys is to go feed the homeless men at the Star of Hope Mission in Houston. The men are so thankful and grateful for having a meal and a smiling face serve them and my boys have gained a deeper understanding of empathy and compassion.
I found this empathy poster on Pinterest. Please share your stories of empathy in your children’s lives.
Show-and-Tell was originally designed to allow children an opportunity to speak publicly. This childhood activity can be socially rewarding and academically stimulating while building vocabulary and self-expression. It is fun for the children and builds self-confidence.
The next time your child has an opportunity to participate in show-and-tell what could he/she bring that would show their values? Why do you think it is important to share values with others? Continue reading →