Make time to discuss ethics with children and the challenges that arise in life such as should they invite everyone over for a sleepover, except the new kid? Ask them how they would feel if they were left out? Making time to discuss decisions like this will prepare them how to act and empathize with others. Parents set the tone for teaching ethics and morals. Children are more willingly to follow a parent who exercises a solid moral code. “Speaking frequently to your child about values is called direct moral teaching,” said parenting expert and author Dr. Michele Borba. “Parents who raise ethical kids use it often. Look for moral issues and talk about them as they come up: from TV shows and news events to situations at home, school, and friends. Tell your kids how you feel about the issue and why. Share examples of morally courageous heroes such as Rosa Parks, Pee Wee Reese, Harriet Tubman, Abe Lincoln. There are wonderful books and videos in your local library that you can also share with your child.” Using examples of those who stood up against wrongs will help your kid’s moral compass, and teach sensitivity. You choose how you want to mold a child, and prepare them for the world. Give them a sense of direction and knowledge regarding values of the family and values of others.