How to Explain Good Moral Character to Children: 5 Steps
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A tea party can go a long way toward helping her develop moral skills.

You have great plans for your youngster -- she's going to get the best education, grow up morally conscious and become a successful member of society. Unfortunately, right now she still thinks it's funny to laugh at bodily functions. Moral character building in toddlers and preschoolers is no small task -- your responsibilities come with helping her understand appropriate behavior, how to be responsible, polite and kind to others and helping to develop her own moral compass to use in tough situations. Fortunately, you can explain good moral character to your youngsters through examples, activities and crafts for hands-on learning that will help her through a life time of tough decisions.


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    Be a good example. If you want your kiddo to learn the value of telling the truth, make sure you stress the importance of being honest and always demonstrate the moral characteristic yourself. That goes for the little white lies and tiny fibs too -- if you can justify lying, it won't take her long to come up with her own excuses as well.
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    Make a manner picture chart. Remember that old lesson in minding your Ps and Qs? Skip the lecture and make it fun with an arts and crafts activity she can hang on her wall for a constant reminder. Start with a piece of poster board and write different manners across the board, such as “When to say please,” “When to say thank you” and “When to wait your turn to talk.” Go on a search together for pictures that demonstrate each of the manners on your board. Help her glue the pictures in place on the chart and voila -- the chart is complete.
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    Practice scenarios with her favorite stuffed friends. Invite your youngster and her stuffed animals to an afternoon tea party to practice minding manners. Remind Mr. Teddy Bear to say please when he asks for the scones and don't let Ms. Rabbit forget to say thank you for pouring her a special cup of bubblegum tea. Before long, your kiddo will begin imitating your role and soon she'll be reminding her stuffies to be polite all by herself.
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    Make a “My Character Chart” to keep track of all the good things your kiddo says and does. You can make a simple chart and record each time she demonstrates any kind of moral character or make a column for each characteristic you'd like her to develop. Let her put a star up each time she shows off her new skills and then reward her for good effort. The rewards don't have to cost money -- use rewards that encourage bonding, skill development and play, such as an extra story during story time, a half hour of extra free play or helping Mommy make dinner.
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    Use story time to reinforce good moral characteristics. Find stories that focus on one particular aspect of morality, such as respect, honesty or responsibility, and when you've finished the book, give her the opportunity to ask any questions she may have. If you've worked on a moral-themed activity that day, find a story that focuses on the same moral.

EditThings You'll Need

  • Poster board
  • Manner-related pictures
  • Stuffed animals
  • Planting pot
  • Seeds
  • Storybooks

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