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Seven Ways to Impart Moral Values to Children

Paul grew up on a farm where moral virtues such as hard work and honesty were cherished. Each of his classes has a moral lesson.

Moral Values


Moral Values for Children

In an article published in 2011, I suggested that moral values be taught in schools. These moral values included: unconditional love and kindness; honesty; hard work; respect for others; cooperation; compassion; and forgiveness. Now in this article, I present seven other ways that moral values can be imparted to all children.

Where Moral Values Are Learned

Children learn moral values at home from their parents when they are very young. Following this exposure from their mother, father, or both parents, kids will pick up more moral values at school, in religious places of worship, playing sports, through the media, and by association with good friends.

The problem today is that in our permissive society the teaching of moral values is neglected by most schools, the media, and by association with bad role models. A bigger problem is that imparting moral values is neglected in many one-parent families where the mother has no control over her kids and in two-parent families where both father and mother work and seldom spend time with their children.

The author on a school field trip with sixth grade students in Bangkok in 2010.

The author on a school field trip with sixth grade students in Bangkok in 2010.

Ways to Impart Moral Values to Children

In addition to teaching moral values in the classroom, the following seven methods are worthy to examine: one, being a good role model; two, introducing stories with a moral message; three, having kids watch wholesome movies and TV programs; four, participation in team sports; five, engaging in religious activities; six, working together with children; and seven, setting rules for kids to follow in the home. Each one of these methods is now examined.

1. Being a Good Role Model

Children start modeling the activity of their parents at a very early age. If kids hear their father and mother use obscene language, they will repeat it and this will become a part of their vocabulary. Furthermore, if very young children see a parent smoking or drinking, they will tend to imitate this behavior. For this reason, as kids' first role models, parents must set good examples for their children to follow in practicing moral values. If children see unconditional love and kindness, honesty, respect for others, and other moral virtues practiced in the home, they will tend to embrace these values.

Teachers, coaches, religious figures, and the media also have the responsibility of being good role models to all youth. By setting good examples for young people, there will be more love and kindness, honesty, respect for others, cooperation, compassion, and forgiveness in the world.



2. Introducing Stories with a Moral Message

All kids like to hear and read stories. At the age of one or two, parents can start reading stories to children. All of these stories should leave a strong moral message that good is much better and wins out over evil. Also, the stories should show examples of unconditional love, honesty, compassion, and hard work as worthy moral values to emulate.

As children get older, parents can introduce Aesop's Fables and also suggest their children read, for example, the classics of Little Women and Little Men by Louisa May Alcott which are packed with examples of moral virtues.

3. Having Children Watch Wholesome Movies and TV Programs

All too often, children are watching movies, videos, and TV programs with negative role models that advocate sex, dishonesty, and violence. A good way of ensuring that kids are learning moral values is by watching wholesome family movies and TV programs with them when children are young. When children get older, parents must closely monitor the types of programs they view at home.

4. Participation in Team Sports

When I was in junior and senior high school, I had many moral values learned at home reinforced by participating in team sports like baseball and football. By being a member of a team, I learned how hard work, cooperation, honesty, and good sportsmanship made teams and individual players successful.

5. Engage in Religious Activities

While attending eight years of Catholic School, the nuns who were my teachers reinforced many of the moral values that I learned and developed at home from mom and dad. If kids are members of religious youth organizations, they will better embrace the moral virtues of love, kindness, honesty, and respect for others.

6. Working Together with Children

I learned and appreciated moral virtues when I worked together with my parents on the farm while growing up. I especially remember the importance of hard work, cooperation, and honesty which I picked up from mom and dad on the farm. I think it would be very beneficial for all children to work together with their parents.

7. Setting Rules for Kids to Follow in the Home

As a former teacher, I found that many of my students lacked discipline in their lives and the classroom. One good way to instill discipline in children is by setting rules for them to follow in the home. If rules are broken, kids should know that they are accountable and that there are consequences for their actions.


Children must be taught moral values in the home at an early age. Later, these moral values must be reinforced by teachers, coaches, and religious figures. The seven ways I suggest are a good starting point to supplement learning moral values in school.

Imparting Moral Values to Children

  • Lessons Learned From Growing Up on a Farm
    Growing up on a farm gave me the experience to learn valuable moral lessons for life. These valuable lessons include the importance of hard work, the value of money, self-sufficiency, and team work.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

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Paul Richard Kuehn (author) from Udorn City, Thailand on June 29, 2019:

Thank you very much for your comment!

kenyatta university on June 24, 2019:

good documentary...i have learned alot

Paul Richard Kuehn (author) from Udorn City, Thailand on August 08, 2016:

@teaches12345 , Your comments made me feel very happy and I really appreciate them. Yes, moral values must be taught beginning in the home.

Dianna Mendez on August 08, 2016:

Paul, I remember our teacher reading us books with moral issues to us in kindergarten. I believe the books have changed, technology included, and morals are whispers of what used to be taught. I agree it must start in the home and supported by schools and society. God bless you for upholding values of good character.

Paul Richard Kuehn (author) from Udorn City, Thailand on August 07, 2016:

Thank you very much for your comments. I really appreciate them!

Geri McClymont on August 07, 2016:

Thank you for this thoughtful article on such an important topic. I think the home environment and introducing stories with a moral message are both powerful ways to teach children morals such as kindness, compassion, and the value of hard work.

Paul Richard Kuehn (author) from Udorn City, Thailand on July 13, 2016:

Thank you very much for the comment, Larry! If more people showed an interest in moral values for kids, the world would be a much better place.

Paul Richard Kuehn (author) from Udorn City, Thailand on July 13, 2016:

Thank you very much for your comment. I'm extremely pleased that you liked this hub.

Larry Rankin from Oklahoma on July 13, 2016:

Great analysis.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on July 12, 2016:

Interesting, informative and a hub for every parent.

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