Beyond games, children can learn moral lessons through books and stories. “Books are a great way to open a dialogue about the foundations of morality – sharing, social responsibility, compassion and non-judgmental actions,” says Manes. Try to select stories involving moral dilemmas and talk about the perspectives of the various characters. Instead of just reading the story, prompt your child with a discussion so he or she can learn the concepts of morality within each story.
“Encourage them to think about how the moral of the story might apply to their own life and help them make connections between certain types of behaviors and their own feelings,” suggests Manes. Role playing can also teach your child about morality. Host a dramatic play in which your children practice putting themselves in someone else’s shoes. When your child gets the chance to play the “good guy” and the “bad guy,” he can further develop his skill of understanding different perspectives.