How to inculcate Moral Values in your children
When your son or daughter was a toddler, did you childproof your home? Perhaps you covered electrical outlets, hid sharp objects, and barricaded stairways-all in an effort to keep your child safe. If only it were that easy to keep your teenager safe! Now you have greater worries, such as: ‘Is my son accessing pornography?’ Is my daughter ‘sexting’ –sending lewd photos of herself via cell phone?’ And the dreaded question ‘Is my teenager sexually active?’ Some parents try to maintain 24-hour surveillance over their teens by hovering over them and monitoring their every move. Later, many of them discover that such ‘helicopter parenting’ only drove their teen underground. Their son or daughter became adept at hiding the very conduct the parents were trying to prevent. Clearly, control is not the answer, so how can you help your teens make wise moral decisions? A basic measure is to have ongoing discussions with your children and start when they are young. Then, when they enter adolescence, keep talking. As a parent, you should be your teenager’s primary source of reliable information. Teens appreciate sex information when it comes from their parent than from their friends As they grow, children need to know more about sex than the facts of life. They should also have their perceptive powers trained to distinguish both right and wrong. In short, they held beliefs about sex-along with conduct that confirms to those beliefs. How can you inculcate good values in your teenager? Start by considering your own values. For example, you may strongly believe that fornication-sex between unmarried individuals – is wrong. Likely, your children know your position on the matter. But more is needed, some youth may outwardly agree with their parents’ beliefs about sex. They feel too uncertain to form their own opinions. When they stumble into an unexpected situation and face an immediate dilemma about ‘how far to go; they find...
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