Promoting Youth Values

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:

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  • Manners
  • Empathy
  • Respect
  • Gratitude
  • Courage
  • Responsibility
  • Kindness
  • Integrity
  • Thoughtfulness

Invite your little ones to have a voice! Let me know what values you feel are important to instill in  your children?

Springtime Gardening

I love spring and all that it represents. From blooming trees and gardens to longer and warmer days it always makes me feel so happy and renewed.

In my award-winning children’s book Planting My Values I talk about planting seeds and watching them grow. It is a wonderful metaphor to use as we look to instill values in our children. From the time they are very young we have the power to plant these seeds in our children’s hearts, nurture, nourish, maintain and watch them blossom!

These are some of the core values I believe children should conquer on their journeys of self-discovery:

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            Manners

            Empathy

            Respect

            Gratitude

            Courage

            Responsibility

            Kindness

            Integrity

            Thoughtfulness

Help your child plant a garden this spring. If you have my book use it as a reference as you start to discuss the importance of growing their very own values in their life.

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You can make it as simple as using an egg carton for your garden. You will need the following:

  •             Planting soil
  •             Seeds
  •             Sun & Water
  •             Maintenance and Care

Enjoy this springtime activity and share your stories!

 

Empathy is a Big word for a small child!

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.

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I found this empathy poster on Pinterest. Please share your stories of empathy in your children’s lives.