Since times immemorial, Indian culture has been revered by people worldwide. As your child grows up, it is important to instill in him the values of your culture. So, how should you go about this?
With the advent of television and internet in Indian homes, and people choosing to live in nuclear families as compared to the traditional joint families, children often grow up without traditional Indian values. As your child learns the culture and traditions of India, he/she would understand the importance of moral values in children. After all, with our uniqueness and age-old traditions, distinct way of living, eating and dressing, Indians are fascinating!
At the roots of our culture are values such as respect for elders, respect for guests and family ties. To start off, here are 7 values that you should teach your child. Teaching children morals and values is not easy. It needs a lot of perseverance on your part along with a deep understanding that the change would not come overnight. Fortunately, childhood is a good time to start as kids are still picking up new things and constantly learning. So, do not be disheartened if you do not see changes right away. With time, your child will come to respect and cherish the values that you taught him/her.
7 Traditional Moral Values to Teach a Child
Every parent wants their children to be in touch with their roots and culture. Here are 7 most important lessons and Indian moral values for kids that you must inculcate in your child to help shape their personalities.
In India, one of the greatest values is respect for elders. Having lived in joint families for ages, people understand the huge role elders play in their lives. This includes not just the grandparents and parents but other relatives as well.
Teaching your child how to achieve their goals is important. However, it is important to teach your child the importance of helping others, that too without expecting anything in return. Instilling good values in children starts off with being kind!
Teach children that they should always try to help others. Since charity begins at home, your little acts of kindness towards others will help your child learn from you.
Indian culture puts family first. This is the value that you should teach your child as well. It teaches him to be considerate towards others, and remember that come what may, his family has his back.
In India, religion holds great importance. Teach the all-important religious lesson to your child while also making sure that he/she knows that all are equal in the eyes of the Almighty.
In India, guests are treated with utmost respect. There is a saying in Sanskrit which says “Atithi Devo Bhava” which means your guest is God. Teach your child how to greet guests and respect the guests that arrive at home.
Honesty is among the most crucial values to teach your child. Children who lie at a young age need to be taught the value of honesty and that it is important to speak the truth at all costs.
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Key Takeaway: According to Child Development Specialist and Parent Coach Gila Brown, the three things you need to do in order to teach your children good moral values are:
Listen without judgement, so they can open up and tell you what they are thinking.
Focus on feelings rather than behaviours, since behaviours are always the reflection of how we feel.
Empower kids to make decisions, by giving them the opportunity and space to make choices.
7 Modern Moral Values to Teach a Child
While our culture, customs, and tradition are something we Indians hold dear, changing times demand we also adopt values that are more relevant to the times we are living in right now. Here are some modern day moral values for kids that should include your moral values list.
While competition is getting fierce with every generation, cooperation is the only way forward, if we are to live in harmony. Competition makes us blind to this simple fact, and so this value tops our modern moral values list.
Anger, disappointment, frustration, are all acceptable. But it is not acceptable to be rude, mean, or hurtful to people. When discussing such matters, it is important children learn to deal with them in an adult manner, and with due dignity.
Social media has captivated us all, and we all love to brag about our achievements online. However, modesty about our achievements helps us stay grounded and achieve more in life. It is also a very valuable social skill to have.
This is a very important moral value for kids, especially since we are getting more and more used to getting things at the click of a button now. Everything good in life takes effort and time. You cannot quit because you are not getting ‘fast’ and/or ‘expected’ results.
Tolerance / Acceptance
There are all kinds of people in life. Just the way we are entitled to our opinions, values, and beliefs, so are other people, and it is not right to judge people because they are different. Hence, not only should children be taught tolerance, but they should also be taught to actively embrace and accept different kinds of people, without being biased or prejudiced towards any group.
Our means of communication are rapidly changing with every passing decade, and it is affecting our dialogue with each other. One of the biggest disadvantages of a growing affinity for ‘virtual/online’ communication is the fact that we are losing our ability to listen to each other. However, this only breeds more anger and contempt, driving us further away. Listening is hence a much desired professional as well as personal skill and makes it to our list of moral values for kids.
Kindness / Empathy
Kindness is an oft-underrated value. To be kind is more important than to be right, because more often than not what people need is a kind heart that listens, not a brilliant mind that judges. Kindness, compassion and empathy all go a long way is making the world a better place.
What are the Indian values that you are teaching your child? Share your thoughts on what moral values are important to teach a child.