But when it comes to teaching values, parents are the best teachers.

Still, like any teacher, you need a “lesson plan.” So here are some teaching tips on how you can help build your child’s character at home:

  • Do your homework. You can’t teach what you don’t know. Think about the values that are important to you. Talk about them openly with your child. Say things like, “Throwing trash on the street is not responsible.”
  • Teach by example. A parent’s example is the most powerful teacher of all. Ask yourself, “If my child could watch my behavior all day, what lessons would he learn?”
  • Set high standards. Expect your child to act responsibly, to be kind to others and to tell the truth. Some families make it a point of family pride. “In the Smith family, we tell the truth.”
  • Teach the Golden Rule. Teaching your child, “Treat others as you want to be treated,” will help him make good decisions. He can ask himself, “Would I want someone to talk to me that way?”

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