A list of values helps parents focus on specific principles that they would like to teach their children. Making a list of values for children can be overwhelming. Remember that teaching values is something that a child learns throughout her life.
Below are tips to help you make a list of values. Take a look at the example list of values, along with ideas on how to teach using your own list.
Making a List of Values for Kids
· Take a moment and think of someone you admire.
· As you think about this person, write down the attributes you appreciate.
Next to this list, write the values that are associated with the qualities you admire.
· Talk to friends, family, teachers, and religious leaders. Ask and write down what values they try to live by.
· Think of principles or standards that are important to you. Write down those that you would like to instill in your own children.
First write down every idea that comes to mind. Later, you can edit the list to your top ten or fifteen values to keep it manageable.
Sample List of Values for Children
The following list of values for children is an example of principles that you could include in your list. These values are in no particular order.
· hard work
Note that imagination and curiosity are part of the list of values. Values are not just principles and norms. They are also what we consider important in our lives and would like to pass on to our children. Keep this in mind when making your own list of values.
Teach values with a list
Values are taught by example In the House. Review the values on your list. As you talk and listen to your child, moments to teach values will present themselves.
Use these moments to help your child know what he thinks is right in a particular situation. Help them think of ways to put the values into action in their daily lives.
HAS lesson with the familyTeaching a different value from your list each week or month is an additional way to help your children understand and learn values.
Music can help teach values on your list. Find a song with words that illustrates one of the values on your list. Listen in the car or at home. As the child becomes familiar with it, you can begin to teach him the words.
As you learn the words together, you can ask questions like the following:
· What does this song talk about?
What is he trying to help us understand?
What is a situation where you could apply this value?
Keep in mind that learning and teaching values is a lifelong endeavor. Don’t be discouraged; just be consistent. Live the values you want to teach. Wait and help your children to live them too.