The Importance Of Moral Values In Children

Moral values are important in whatever stage of life. But most of the values we have as adults were instilled in us during our childhood years. That’s why it’s essential that we teach our children the values that we want them to have as adults.

These eight reasons outline the importance of moral values in children:

1. It Builds Their Character

Knowing good moral values such as kindness, humility, courage, and compassion at an early age builds a child’s character. It forms the very core of their being and becomes a foundation of their moral beliefs.

This is why it’s essential to start teaching them moral values while they’re still young. Those values mould them to become the person you want them to be.

2. It Helps Them Tell Right From Wrong

Children absorb everything like a sponge. When they do something wrong, and no one bothers to correct them, they’ll start to think that it’s perfectly fine to do it again. Helping them correct small mistakes and wrong doings teaches them to do the right thing when they make decisions. 

3. It Changes Their Perception Of The World

When children can tell what is right from wrong, they can also determine the good from the bad. This helps shape their perception of the world. A child who has a strong moral compass will not just stand by when an injustice is happening. They will take action to correct it in whatever way they can.

4. It Determines Their Adult Behaviour

 A famous verse from the Bible says:

“Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” (Proverb 22:26)

This is a reminder that the values you teach your children today will determine how they will behave when they become adults.

5. It Counters Bad Influence From Peers

It’s normal for children and young adolescents to look up to their friends. From clothing styles to music choices, peer pressure plays a significant role in these decisions.

Children who feel good about themselves are more able to resist negative peer pressure. Also, kids who grew up with strong moral foundations are more secure in themselves. They rarely feel the need to follow the trend, making them less likely to give in to bad influences.

6. It Helps Them Cope With Difficult Situations

Stressful situations can throw some of us on a downhill struggle. But it can even be more severe for children, especially those who haven’t had much adult supervision in their lives.

Teaching them to distinguish good from bad helps them make better decisions. This, in turn, gives them the courage to cope with difficult situations.

7. It Boosts Self-Confidence

Doing good things help children feel good about themselves, for example when they volunteer at a soup kitchen or donate used clothes or unwanted toys to the poor. That exhilarating feeling of being able to give back and help others is not exclusive to adults. Children feel it too. This self-affirmation helps boost their self-confidence which, in turn, helps them develop positive relationships.

8. It Teaches Them To Think About Others

Teaching kids responsibility at a young age helps them figure out their purpose in society. This will teach them to be more selfless and put the needs of others before themselves.

At the end of the day, it’s our responsibility as adults to make sure that our children become productive members of society. There’s no better time than today to mold them into reliable and responsible adults.


Published by Smiley Kids South Africa

When you think of a preschool, what do you envision? Are you afraid that your child is still too small to be placed in a structured environment? Does it scare you how they might cope with the separation? Well, don’t be. Preschool can only help your child. Children gain a lot from going to preschool because they become exposed to numbers, letters, and shapes there. But, more importantly, they develop social and emotional skills and learn how to get along with other children, to share and to contribute. My name is Smiley, and on this blog we will share valuable information and talk about the things that matter when it comes to development and growth of your little one!

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