Moral Development in Children
Morality is the ability to know the difference between right and wrong and make wise choices. But how do children learn this ability to be good and wise?
As early as preschool, children have a sense of right and wrong and the consequences of breaking the rules or being bad. A child interacts with issues of good and bad, right and wrong at every turn, whether it be with a sibling at home or a friend on the playground. Key to their development is the opportunity to think through their understanding and experiences with what it means to be good and what consequences breaking rules can have.
What are some things you can do?
- Ask children to take the perspective of the other
- Model behavior
- Explain your reasoning and also ask your child what he or she thinks
- Actively engage your child in service to others
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