ETHICS: MORAL PRINCIPLES THAT GOVERN A PERSON’S BEHAVIOR OR THE CONDUCTING OF AN ACTIVITY.
This month we are learning about ethics. We want our students to realize how important it is to have strong ethics in their lives. Ethics help our kids define who they are. They are the driving force for why children behave the way they do and make the decisions they make. Being ethical is not always easy, but it is crucial. Ethics are our moral compass guiding us through life.
How can you help?
- Model good values. One of the most important things you can do is set a good example for your children. Kids are always watching, even when we think they are not. They learn from seeing how you treat them and other people. Make sure you are always setting a good example for your kids. You can’t expect them to make good decisions if you are not doing so yourself.
- Monitor what your kids are watching on tv and the internet. If our kids are watching the wrong type of programming, there will be a lot of “unlearning” to do. Make sure they are watching content that encourages good behavior and strong moral ethics. Consider co-viewing so you can talk to your kids about the program after it is over. Ask them what they learned from it.
- Applaud good behavior. When you see your children doing something good, let them know. Praise good behavior. Always thank them for cleaning their room without being asked or doing home work without putting up a fight. Praise goes a long way in instilling ethics in your children.
- Hold your children accountable. Sometimes kids will find themselves in trouble. Use those times as a learning opportunity. Talk about the problem and come up with a solution for them to fix it. If they accidentally break something valuable while messing around, make them earn the money to replace it by doing chores. If they get detention for misbehaving in class, enforce a punishment and talk about ways they can make the situation better.