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10 Values You Should Teach Your Preschool Child

Now more than ever, it is vital to teach your child important values to make the world a better place.

In order for a child to succeed and excel in life, parents need to practice and educate their children. As they age, they will learn many important principles; however, there are many values that we must teach explicitly. 

Why You Should Teach Your Child Values

With the world becoming more corrupt, it is essential to teach your children correct values so they can influence the world for better.

Parents are the best examples to teach their children. We teach our children values to help them become the best version of themselves.

How Children Learn Values

Children mainly learn values by watching their parent’s example, hence why it is so important to set a good example for them.

One of the best ways to ensure you are setting the right example is to practice what you preach. Live your values, don’t just talk about them with your kids. 

When Is the Best Time to Teach Morals and Values?

The younger you start to teach your children values the better. Some argue that preschool is too young to teach moral values; however, it is best to teach them as preschoolers, so it becomes a natural part of their personality. 

The 10 Most Important Values for Children

Here are ten values to teach your child at preschool age: 

1. Honesty

For your child to develop honesty, you must be honest yourself. Your children are very perceptive and will take cues from you. If they see you lying, they will understand that lying is okay. 

If your child lies to you, sit him down, and communicate the importance of being honest. Try not to overreact as children become fearful when yelled at.

Each time your child is honest, tell him how much you appreciate his honesty. Positive reinforcement of good behaviors helps the behavior to continue. 

Explaining the consequences of lying is also an important step. They need to know what happens when they lie and what happens if they tell the truth. Doing so will show them that it is always better to tell the truth. 

2. Manners

Having good manners is another essential value to teach your child. When they have good manners, they can better interact with people on a daily basis in a considerate and thoughtful way. The more you practise and use good manners, your more your child will as well. 

Child saying thank you

Teaching manners can be as simple as always using please and thank you.

You can even start that from the time they are born. Even though they cannot speak early on, they still learn from your actions and will imitate them as soon as they start to communicate. 

3. Responsibility

When teaching values to your child, responsibility is one of the top values to include. As soon as your child grows up, you want them to be dependable, keep commitments, and be accountable.

If you do not instill in them a sense of responsibility from an early stage, they will have a harder time in the future.  

The world needs children to be responsible more than ever before. It will help them to find jobs and be successful in school as well as in their adult life. Again you start by showing responsibility for your actions.

Start by having them make their bed each morning. As they get older and can complete more tasks, have them do more chores around the house. Whether you give an allowance is up to you; the important part is making them feel responsible for things around the house. 

Boy doing the laundry

4. Respect 

Respect is another vital value to teach your child from a very early stage. Many parents focus so much on respecting their elders, they sometimes forget about the rest. However, make sure to teach your children to respect everyone, no matter what age, race, religion, or status they may be. 

Teaching respect helps them be to be kind and thoughtful to strangers they will encounter daily. It will also help them be kind to you no matter what stage in life they are at.

Starting early will help them to be consistently respectful, even as the world goes astray. 

5. Love

You can never give a child too much love. It is one of the basic emotional needs of a child. Children are natural in giving love; however, if it is not reciprocated, it may not always last as they age. Start by always saying, “I love you” to your child. 

Let your children see your love for them as well as others in your life. Display some affection to your spouse when they are around. Share your love both verbally and physically. Never let a day pass without expressing your love to your child. 

Show love in unusual ways as well, not just saying, “I love you.” Leave a note in their lunch if they go to school or put a heart on their bedroom door. The more you give and show love, the more your child will as well. Soon it will become a regular part of their day. 

It is also important to teach your child to love someone for who they are. This will also show them respect for others as well. Love can be present no matter if you agree with the person or not.  

Picture of a heart

6. Consideration

Being thoughtful and kind to others will always be a value to teach your child. You can brighten someone’s day just by being kind. When you are kind and thoughtful, you are more aware of other’s feelings and can better help someone. 

Talk about a small problem with your child and let her think of ways to overcome it. If someone you know is sick, ask her what she believes will help them to feel better. Doing these problem-solving situations will help them learn to always be on the lookout to help someone in need. 

7. Perseverance

Rewarding your child is a vital part of teaching values. But, if you reward your child for everything he is doing, whether he tries or not, he will lose his sense of perseverance. 

Encourage your children to do something challenging. Encourage them to try their absolute best. When you praise your child, praise his effort rather than the finished result. This will teach him to try his hardest. 

Help your child to overcome something challenging and praise him when he does. If he is shy and talks to someone on the playground, share with him how proud you are of his accomplishments even though it was hard.

This particular type of praise teaches the value of dedication and perseverance. 

8. Courage

If you do everything challenging for your children, they will have a harder time developing courage. Even though you want to protect your child no matter what, you will not always be there in situations they may need courage.

Teaching them to face their fears helps them conquer hard things with courage. 

Teach your children to stand up for themselves. In today’s world, this is especially important.

Teach them to speak up if they are not comfortable or if something is bothering them. This will help them to ask questions when they are confused in school as well as gain confidence and self-esteem. 

9. Justice 

It is essential to teach children to express their feelings; however, it is also equally important to help them learn consequences. Instead of merely making your child say she’s sorry when she has done a wrong, teach her to find a way to help make it right again. 

Teaching justice will help them to see the right and wrong in the world as well as help them fix the mistakes they will inevitably make. Teaching them to set a wrong with action helps them develop an ethical, strong moral compass. 

10. Happiness

Everyone ultimately wants happiness. However, children can perceive when something is wrong. Try to remain positive despite the challenges that arise in your life.

Happy family

If something is challenging, communicate the trial with your child and that you are trying to stay cheerful despite it. 

When you focus on the positives, so will your child. Then they will learn to see the good in everything, including people.

Something as little as saying five things they are grateful for each day can help a child understand the good in life. This will also teach them resilience amidst trials and help them to overcome them better. 

These are just ten values to teach your child; however, the list can go on and on. Making it a priority every day to teach through your actions rather than your words can help a child develop strong values they will use throughout the rest of their life. 


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