Teach Your Children Well
Concerned about raising children to be moral and ethical people? This week, Beliefnet's ethics columnist begins a regular column devoted to solving the everyday ethical dilemmas faced by parents and kids.
Last week, you highlighted two ethical New Year's resolutions for adults. Can you share any that specifically apply to parent-child relationships?
Here are two New Year's resolutions for parents that will aid children's self-esteem and moral development during the coming year.
And what about the child who is not that athletic, talented, or good-looking? How does he or she get complimented? With a lukewarm, "Oh, but so-and-so is really a good kid." From which it is apparent that being a good person is not that big a deal.
If children started receiving their highest praise when they performed kind acts, we would raise a generation of people who liked themselves most when they were being compassionate. I can't think of any better, more guaranteed way to improve the world--and your family.