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Why are moral values important for children

Children are extremely good observers and they follow what they see, so it is by role modelling that you can pass on priceless treasure of values to your children. 

Why are moral values important for children

Setting high moral standards early in life goes a long way in forming the core of an individual. Moral values are traits guiding people to make decisions about situations they face all their life according to their own sense of right and wrong. Decisions are always a result of observing the people who matter in life leading to a collective experience.

Moral values play an important role in all stages of life, they are instilled in early childhood and are fundamental to life.

The best Schools strongly believe in values like integrity, empathy, collaboration, and inclusivity, compassion, kindness, courage, humility, honesty, truthfulness, respect, hard-work, tolerance.

1. Character Building:

 Integrity, taking responsibility for one’s actions is a value children learn, which remains as a sound foundation for their moral beliefs in the future. 

These values become their strengths, which helps them decide their path in life. Therefore, the nursery and kindergarten learning years are the years when special care is essential to instill core values through simple life experiences.

2. Distinguishing between Right and Wrong:

Learning by example serves as a guide in differentiating between right and wrong in Nursery and Kindergarten. Children can sometimes innocently indulge in behaviour like bullying or cheating in exams, they usually do not understand the concept of right and wrong.

According to studies, children who commit petty thievery or pilfer often lack adult guidance or have unknown stresses in their social space.

It is important to guide children to help them form a firm basis of right and wrong.

3. Boost Self-Confidence and Positivity:

Children with high values intrinsically know about it and feel good about themselves, which further motivates them, while also giving them self-confidence.

Empathising with others and feeling for fellow human beings is important to put the emotions and needs of others before themselves and see others’ perspectives.

This self-realisation of being able to give back to the society or others, helps in building their self-confidence and helps develop positive feelings and positive relationships in their lives.

4. Attitudes, Beliefs determines their adult behaviour:

Today’s children are tomorrow’s change makers, job creators and seekers. They will either uplift or let down societies, communities, countries, and the world at large.

Moral values by role modelling at the right age will go a long way.

5. Wards off negative peer influence:

All children at all stages of growing up experience peer pressures and conformity to cliques and it is absolutely normal for young children and adolescents to feel pressured because of their friends. Peer pressure plays a significant role in most of their decisions, from something as simple as the choice of friends and food to the way of life.

Good moral values act as a moral shield to stay off the negative influences from their peers, social media etc as they grow into teenage or adulthood. 

6. Support in tough situations:

Moral values give children perspective, make them strong, and strengthen strong belief, which makes them have courage and work hard when they are facing challenges.

Today’s youth have challenges and options like never before. Emotions like anxiety, stress, depression are common. While these challenging situations can throw some people down with struggle, children with a strong value system emerge stronger, quicker and better. 

Teaching values such as caring, sharing, empathy, cooperation, acceptance differences, equality, and justice are extremely important for children to make everyday decisions in an unbiased and sensitive manner.  It is our role as parents and caregivers to put our time and effort into developing these values in children, as it is from their parents and teachers that children are inspired the most.

Children are extremely good observers and they follow what they see, so it is by role modelling that you can pass on priceless treasure of values to your children. 

Jayshree Guha
Vice Principal
Vega Schools

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