Honesty and responsibility are key to your child’s success in life. Values blossom with your love and patience. As a parent, you are your child’s most important teacher. You can help your child:
- learn the difference between honesty and dishonesty
- take responsibility for his or her actions
- treat others with kindness and respect
Values aren’t developed overnight! Growing up takes time – as does learning good values.
Inside Young Minds
“Fiddling” and taking things are normal childhood behaviors.
Toddlers (under age 3)
Toddlers are just learning to match words to feelings, objects and experiences. They generally don’t know right from wrong, and usually don’t lie or take things on purpose.
Young Children (ages 3-6)
Young children have very active imaginations. They often blur reality and fantasy. They also:
- enjoy hearing (and making up) stories
- think that wishing for something can make it happen (wishful thinking)
- have trouble controlling themselves
School-Age Children (age 7-9)
School-age children should know the difference between right and wrong. But they may act impulsively – without thinking. They may lie to avoid punishment or unwelcome tasks. They may be testing rules or seeking attention.