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Morality, Ethics, and
Good Old Family Values



Raising kids is a tough job. Let's be honest, it's probably one of the hardest things anyone will ever have to do. Of course we all know the basics. You have to provide food, clothing, and shelter for your kids. Then, there are the emotional needs as well, love, support, and encouragement. But, by being a parent, you also have to set an example for your kids. You have to 'practice what you preach', so to speak.
If you want your kids to grow up with a strong sense of what is right and what is wrong, you have to teach them about morallity and ethics.



There is so much in the world today that goes against everything most of us believe in. There are crimes being committed by children. There is an extraordinary amount of violence being promoted on television, in movies, and in computer and video games.



Remember the Golden Rule: "Do unto others as you would have others do unto you". Such simple words, but with a very strong message. I think today the attitude is: "Do it to others before they do it to you". It does not have to be this way. We can change it. We can start with our own children. We can instill the family values that were once so important.



The following is a list of "values" that have been handed down from generation to generation for hundreds of years. However, I believe that in recent years, there has been a decline in the teaching of these values. I have found some websites that promote these values. I found them to be interesting and informative and I hope you will too. Please take a look at them and find out how you can help to bring back the basics of family values to future generations.

Self-Esteem

If you are like me, you enjoy reading books about parenting. In almost every one of those books, they talk about the importance of self-esteem. Everyone has something they can say they do very well, whether they are athletic, artistic, or musically talented. They may write well, be an excellent reader, or show a tendency toward understanding the concepts of math or science. The trick for parents is to find that talent and build on it. Encourage the child to practice the skills that come easy to them and that they enjoy doing. If you do this, your children will feel confident. They will have pride in their accomplishments. They will believe that they are capable of great things.

Even though the following website goes under the heading of 'Single Parenting', I found that it is a good source of info for all parents on building self-esteem in children.
Building Self-Esteem

Courage



I believe that an important part of teaching our kids to love and respect one another is to *not* teach hate and prejudice towards any individual. If you agree with me, please click on the graphic to "Stop the Hate". It can be done if we all do our part.




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