List of values for kids

Updated February 21, 2017

Children begin picking up behavioural cues from their parents and others at a very early age. Whether those behaviours are positive or negative, children will eventually imitate what they see. For this reason, it is important for all parents to teach their children good values. There are several basic values that you should teach your children early, both through lessons and by example.


The first essential value that parents should pass on to their children is obedience. Children need to understand that there are limits to acceptable behaviour and that the world is governed by rules that all people have to obey. You can show your children the importance of obedience not only through discipline but also by obeying rules yourself and taking advantage of every available opportunity to show your children why obedience is important.


Another value that all children should acquire is confidence. A child that receives proper encouragement will have self-esteem and be less afraid to speak and volunteer in school and in other activities. Allow your children to do simple tasks independently and gently congratulate them when they figure out solutions. Be careful to build your children's confidence without making them arrogant or selfish.


Children also need to learn patience. A child that learns early on in life to wait for certain things without throwing tantrums and becoming upset will be able to adjust to life changes easier and handle disappointments in a mature way.


Generosity is another key value for every child to develop. Children should learn that generosity is essential to the function of society and that people should share, as they are able to help others who may be less fortunate. Volunteer with your children and encourage them to share often.

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Jeremy Cato is a writer from Atlanta who graduated with Phi Beta Kappa honors and an English degree from Morehouse College. An avid artist and hobbyist, he began professionally writing in 2011, specializing in crafts-related articles for various websites.