Morality Begins and Ends With Family
“Basic morality relies on our sense of interdependence and mutual responsibility,” says Manes. “The best lessons for this can start in your own home.” One of the best ways to teach responsibility and morals is to hold your child accountable for helping with household tasks. “Give kids age-appropriate responsibilities and chores and frame this as a matter of interdependence – the notion that we rely on the help and participation of all the members for the well-being of the group,” says Manes.
Model the actions you want your child to mimic as well. If you have assigned household tasks, do your share, too. If you want your child to be charitable, engage the entire family in volunteer activities. “Family volunteering is a hands-on way to teach kids about right actions,” says Manes. “Not only is this an amazing learning opportunity for your kids, it is a fantastic way to spend time together as a family that will give you a new platform to talk about moral and ethical issues.”