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Important Values to Teach Your Children

Updated on February 6, 2015
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Ms.Treadwell is a licensed attorney and the author of "How Do Hurricane Katrina's Winds Blow: Racism in 21st Century New Orleans."

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There are certainly many important values to teach our children. We parents are all so very different; and we come from different backgrounds, cultures, ethnicities, religions, political affiliations, and the list goes on and on. I raised three children who are all in their twenties; and let me tell you it was no easy feat. Just like every parent is different, every child is different.

A little reminder here, the children will grow up and will have different influences during their lives. They have their own minds and sense of consciousness. Some values you teach them will stay with them forever; and quite frankly, some will not. Some of the values you teach them will take on a more liberal or conservative view. And if you have more than one child, each of them will have their own favorite values that you taught him or her. Just because they grew up in the same family does not mean they will share the same values no matter what you try to teach them.

However, there are some basic values that we should teach our children because it is our responsibility to raise them into adults that are productive members of our society. Here are some of the most important values we can teach our children.

Ten Important Values to Teach Your Child

  1. Every human being has value, including you. We live in a world where we see one tragedy after the next where human beings are treated without decency and dignity. No one deserves to be subjected to abuse, humiliation, or desecration. The best way to teach this value is to treat the child with value. Do not abuse or humiliate a child into submission. Carry yourself with dignity. The most important thing for parents to know is that children learn what they live.
  2. Believe in a power greater than yourself. Putting your faith in a higher power helps to guide and gauge the conscience. There is nothing greater than the gift of hope – keep hope alive. We need it so that we don’t become desperate, depressed, or full of anxiety.
  3. Respect your elders. Children need to learn to demonstrate respect for authority and that starts with how they behave with the parent.
  4. Share with others. Once you set this foundation, then you are in a position to ask them to treat others with kindness. Eventually, they will do it on their own. It is critical to discourage selfishness in children or they will learn the hard way that the world does not revolve around them.
  5. Take care of the Earth. It is where we all live and breathe.
  6. Education is important. Education is the key to good citizenship. Valuing the concept that education is so much more than about getting prepared for a job. It includes learning about the world around us, what effects us, and how we affect others.
  7. Express yourself appropriately. Children need to learn to express themselves verbally not physically. It is important to be able to communicate feelings, thoughts, ideas, and to avoid communication that instigates fighting or aggravation. Reinforce the positive behavior.
  8. Listen to other points of view. Someone once said, “you have 2 ears and one mouth. That means you should listen more than you talk.” This is all part of giving people value – that what they are saying has value.
  9. Accept people for who they are without judgment. Period.
  10. Be honest. They will grow up to be adults with integrity.

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Special thanks to Susanm23b for inspiring this hub.

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      Bill Holland 6 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Linking to my hub about courtesy.

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      LouisAlbert 6 years ago from Taipei

      Thank you very much for this great article. I was originally thinking of commenting with a list of which ones I think are the most important, but they're all super important. Anyway, I especially like listening: two ears and one mouth. Honesty and communication are great! These are two adults can get away from. We need to remember how perceptive children are, and lead by example. Of course we don't want them learning our bad habits!

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      Liza Treadwell Esq aka Liza Lugo JD 6 years ago from New York, NY

      billybuc, thank you again for your following, reading this hub, and you sweet comments. Glad you liked it :-)

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      Bill Holland 6 years ago from Olympia, WA

      This is a new side of you I haven't seen before and I really like it. Much more personal and you even added a new picture of yourself. Great hub with values that are a must for any child. I strongly endorse this hub! Nice job young lady!

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      Liza Treadwell Esq aka Liza Lugo JD 6 years ago from New York, NY

      geminitrudy, thank you for continuing to follow my writing and for all of your encouragement.

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      Liza Treadwell Esq aka Liza Lugo JD 6 years ago from New York, NY

      Chae001, thank you for taking the time to read this hub and for your comments. I'm glad you feel these can be applied to all families.

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      Liza Treadwell Esq aka Liza Lugo JD 6 years ago from New York, NY

      Lisa, thank you so much for taking the time to read this hub and for your comments. Glad you loved it. I very much appreciate your encouragement to keep writing.

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      geminitrudy 6 years ago

      Great job Liza! We can teach them these values and pray that they learn them and apply them to their lives.

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      Chae001 6 years ago

      Your top ten can easily be applied in all families. Very well written!

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      Lisa Bardi 6 years ago

      Love this, Love this, Love this! Keep on writing my friend because you inspire me everyday!

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