Book Review: Teaching Your Children Values

I mentioned some time back that I was looking for books to help teach values to a child.  Since then I found a series by Joy Berry that I thought was pretty good.  In fact, I think Joy Berry has written a great series of books that not only help to teach children values, but she also has a series (Good Answers to Tough Questions) that helps parents addresses difficult questions like death, drugs, and divorce – just to name a few.

Aside from Joy Berry’s books, I have also found a book for parents titled “Teaching Your Children Values” by Linda and Richard Eyre.

The book discusses how to teach your children twelve values that the authors deemed universally beneficial.  They selected values that were neither culturally or religiously specific so that any parent who read the book might find them appropriate for their own family.  The values they cover are:

  1. Honesty
  2. Courage
  3. Peaceability
  4. Self-Reliance and Potential
  5. Self-Discipline and Moderation
  6. Fidelity and Chastity
  7. Loyalty and Dependability
  8. Respect
  9. Love
  10. Unselfishness and Sensitivity
  11. Kindness and Friendliness
  12. Justice and Mercy

Linda and Richard recommend focusing on one value each month.  The book offers practical tips for talking to children about each value and activities you can do with your children to help them learn the values.  They offer general tips that can be applied to children of all ages and age-specific activities for pre-schoolers, elementary school children and adolescents.  You can follow the book in order or you can chose your own order.

This book is a good supplement to the value stories for children because they not only offer you stories that you can share with children that help to illustrate each value, but they also provide specific activities that teach children about the value.  I can’t recall where I read it – perhaps it was Tools of the Mind – it was said that young children may be able to point out when another child does something wrong, but they still aren’t able to recognise that they are doing the same thing.  So stories might be a good start, but I think something more needs to be done if we want to start driving the message home.

Comments

  1. I agree. That’s been my philosophy as well. Code Road looks like a good series. Thanks for the link, I’ll look into it.

  2. Thanks for the review. I have always aimed to teach my children the best that I can so that they will know how to love and respect other people around them. There are just so many children out there that have no respect for others and tend to hurt others more than love them. I know that is not how I want my kids to be at all. So i will keep trying and hope that something will stick in their brains for when they are older.

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