10 Values You Must Teach Your Children

10 Values You Must Teach Your Children
Bernardo Peña

Reviewed and approved by the psychologist Bernardo Peña.

Last update: 30 May, 2022

There are many values that you must teach your children so they become adults who are able to make their own decisions and function in their own social context. In this article, you can find out what are the most important values a child should learn.

Parents play a leading role in their children’s education. During the first years of a child’s life, the parents are responsible for teaching them right from wrong. Although children do continue learning for many years to come, it’s really important that parents teach their children good values.

These qualities are not only important to their behavioral development and also affect their self-esteem and ability to excel in social settings. Likewise, they’re virtues that last a lifetime and are part of each person’s personality.

However, remember that children learn best by example. Therefore, before attempting to teach them about responsibility, kindness, or any other value, it’s important that parents these values into practice on a daily basis.

It’s useless to try to make a child learn “a good lesson” if this behavior isn’t reflected in their family. Therefore, it’s not just about teaching them values, but actually putting them into practice. What are the values that you should teach your children?

  1. Honesty

Honesty is a value that must be learned as of early childhood. It’s likely that, at some point, children choose to lie or cover up their actions to avoid getting punished. That’s exactly when you should teach them the importance of being honest so they can be deemed trustworthy.

  1. Tolerance

In such a diverse world, tolerance is a really important value. It’s important that children understand and accept different opinions, cultures, races, and religions. Children should also understand that not everyone is the same for healthy human relationships.

  1. Respect

One of the first values you must teach your children is respect. This virtue is essential for humans to be able to coexist as a community. It’s important that, during their first years of life, they learn not to raise their voices, respect their elders, and obey the house rules.

  1. Responsibility

Teaching children this value involves making them understand that everything has positive and negative consequences and that everyone has to take responsibility for their actions. First of all, this value will help the child complete certain tasks and fulfill their responsibilities.
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  1. Kindness

Kindness is a quality that strengthens social relationships, as well as family ties. Therefore, children should learn to be kind to others, including on their “bad” days. They must understand that being in a bad mood is no excuse to stop treating people right.

  1. Character

Character building doesn’t happen overnight and requires a lot of learning. However, it’s one of the values that you must teach your children so they can learn to make their own decisions by always respecting themselves and others.

  1. Self-esteem

Having a good self-esteem will be crucial in many areas of your child’s life. Self-esteem affects the ability to live without so many pressures and difficulties. Therefore, the child must learn to accept themselves and not accept certain behaviors from others.

  1. Cooperation

Teaching children cooperation is encouraging them to work as a team when necessary. Learning to join forces to accomplish their goals means that they’ll know they’ll need a “helping hand” at one point or another in their lives.
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  1. Empathy

A way of developing empathy in children is encouraging sensitivity. In other words, it helps them put themselves in other people’s shoes and trying to feel what others feel. While this virtue can develop spontaneously, sometimes reinforcing it is necessary.

  1. Forgiveness

Learning to acknowledge mistakes, apologize, and forgive are essential qualities. At first they’ll have trouble understanding them because children go through an egocentric stage where they don’t accept their mistakes.

However, discussing the meaning of forgiveness will make them gradually understand just how important it is. Thus, in the future, they will avoid holding grudges or harboring other harmful feelings.

Have you already taught your children these values? Don’t forget to lead by example every day. Teaching them these values and practicing them on a daily basis will ensure they’ll grow up to be upright citizens.

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