Showing posts with label Moral Values. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Moral Values. Show all posts

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Top 60 List of the best, most important moral values to teach children.

Values aren't “taught” instead they are “caught”. It is through our example in their lives that children develop their values. It’s so important that we live what we want our children to be.

Whether we are paying attention or not, our child’s value system is being shaped every day from a variety of sources: parents, friends, teachers, celebrities, advertisers, and experiences.

The importance of this truth cannot be overstated because the values that our children learn today will, in many ways, determine the type of life they live as adults. Values will help shape their sense of right from wrong, their behaviors, their motivations, and how they choose to spend their money and time. Our child’s tomorrow will be heavily influenced by the values they learn today.

Children will learn far more by observing the lifestyle of those they admire than by listening to empty words. So explain healthy values. Reward healthy values. But more importantly, model healthy values.

However, parents do not need to worry as one value is linked with another. For instance, as a child is taught forgiveness, he learns to be compassionate. As he picks the value of optimism, a sense of persistence is instilled in him.

Sometimes we need to keep pointing out the "simple things" until it catches on! Teaching the wrong things and setting bad examples could be even more damaging than not teaching anything productive. I truly wish these values were instilled into the minds of every generation.

Every parent knows about the importance of values, and when it comes to their children, they want to put in their best effort. Values are what we live by. They are what ensure our happiness, success, and foundation of all the values are best laid during childhood.

Therefore, it is of utmost importance to intentionally instill into our children values that will help bend their lives toward a positive future.

 So without further ado here is the Top 60 List of the best, most important moral values to teach children.


1. Acceptance

“Understanding is the first step to acceptance, and only with acceptance can there be recovery.” ― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

2. Freedom

“Freedom is not worth having if it does not include the freedom to make mistakes.” ― Mahatma Gandhi

3. Kindness / Nurturing / Generosity

“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle.” ― Plato

4. Self-Discipline

“Does the road wind up-hill all the way? Yes, to the very end.” ― Christina Rossetti

5. Hope/ Optimism

“There is some good in this world, and it's worth fighting for.” ― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Two Towers

6. Leadership

“To handle yourself, use your head; to handle others, use your heart.” ― Eleanor Roosevelt

7. Love of learning

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.” ― Dr. Seuss, I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!

8. Loyalty

“Dumbledore's man through and through, aren't you Potter?"
"Yeah I am," said Harry. "Glad we straightened that out.” ― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

9. Respect/ Respect for life/ Self-Respect

“I speak to everyone in the same way, whether he is the garbage man or the president of the university.” ― Albert Einstein

10. Anything is Possible

“We live in such a special time when literally anything we can think of is possible.” ― Daniel Willey

11. Happiness is a Choice – Choose to be happy everyday

“Folks are usually about as happy as they make their minds up to be.” ― Abraham Lincoln

12. “You can not take it with you”

“The things you own end up owning you. It's only after you lose everything that you're free to do anything.”
― Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club Priorities

13. Do Not Judge

“If someone isn't what others want them to be, the others become angry. Everyone seems to have a clear idea of how other people should lead their lives, but none about his or her own.” ― Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

14. Be Flexible

“Remain flexible and teachable so that you can make necessary adjustments in life. ― Mz Liz

15. Choose Your Battles

“Choose your battles wisely. After all, life isn't measured by how many times you stood up to fight. It's not winning battles that makes you happy, but it's how many times you turned away and chose to look into a better direction. Life is too short to spend it on warring. Fight only the most, most, most important ones, let the rest go.” ― C. JoyBell C.

16. Be Aware/ Self Awareness

“It takes courage...to endure the sharp pains of self discovery rather than choose to take the dull pain of unconsciousness that would last the rest of our lives.” ― Marianne Williamson, A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of "A Course in Miracles"

17. Say No To Any Debt

“You must gain control over your money or the lack of it will forever control you.” ― Dave Ramsey

18. Courage

“The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud.” ― Coco Chanel

19. Forgiveness

“True forgiveness is when you can say, "Thank you for that experience.” ― Oprah Winfrey

20. Sharing

“Love only grows by sharing. You can only have more for yourself by giving it away to others.” ― Brian Tracy

21. Patience/ Restraint

“Trees that are slow to grow bear the best fruit.” ― Molière

22. Honesty/ Integrity/Truthfulness

“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.” ― Oscar Wilde

23. Family

“After a good dinner one can forgive anybody, even one's own relations.”― Oscar Wilde, A Woman of No Importance

24. Their Soul

“Don't Gain The World & Lose Your Soul, Wisdom Is Better Than Silver Or Gold.” ― Bob Marley

25. The Opposite Sex

“How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes!” ― Maya Angelou

26. Nature

“I like this place and could willingly waste my time in it.” ― William Shakespeare

27. Determination

“The best way to not feel hopeless is to get up and do something. Don’t wait for good things to happen to you. If you go out and make some good things happen, you will fill the world with hope, you will fill yourself with hope.” ― Barack Obama

28. Quietness / Calmness

“There's quiet because you don't need to say anything, and then there's quiet because you don't want to say something.--Marisol” ― Francisco X. Stork, The Last Summer of the Death Warriors

29. Hard work / Effort/ Endurance

“Nothing in the world is worth having or worth doing unless it means effort, pain, difficulty… I have never in my life envied a human being who led an easy life. I have envied a great many people who led difficult lives and led them well.” ― Theodore Roosevelt

30. Concentration / Focus

“When you fully focus your mind, you make others attracted to you.” ― Toba Beta, Betelgeuse Incident: Insiden Bait Al-Jauza

31. Justice /Accountability

“The right thing to do and the hard thing to do are usually the same.” ― Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free

32. Responsibility

“Eventually we all have to accept full and total responsibility for our actions, everything we have done, and have not done. ” ― Hubert Selby Jr., Requiem for a Dream

33. Creativity

“Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life's coming attractions.”― Albert Einstein

34. Consideration

“Being considerate of others will take your children further in life than any college degree.” ― Marian Wright Edelman

35. Love /Affection

“You don't love someone because they're perfect, you love them in spite of the fact that they're not.” ― Jodi Picoult, My Sister's Keeper

36. Discernment

“It's not at all hard to understand a person; it's only hard to listen without bias.” ― Criss Jami

37. Good Intentions

“The motive behind criticism often determines its validity. Those who care criticize where necessary. Those who envy criticize the moment they think that they have found a weak spot.” ― Criss Jami

38. Trust

“The best way to find out if you can trust somebody is to trust them.” ― Ernest Hemingway

39. Compassion/ Mercy/ Caring

“All I ever wanted was to reach out and touch another human being not just with my hands but with my heart.” ― Tahereh Mafi, Shatter Me

40. Gratitude /Appreciation

“Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson

41. Co-operation / Tolerance

“Anyone who imagines they can work alone winds up surrounded by nothing but rivals, without companions. The fact is, no one ascends alone.” ― Lance Armstrong, It's Not About the Bike: My Journey Back to Life

42. Enthusiasm

“Enthusiasm is the electricity of life. How do you get it? You act enthusiastic until you make it a habit.” ― Gordon Parks

43. Humility/Modesty

“True humility is not thinking less of yourself; it is thinking of yourself less.” ― C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity

44. Gentleness

“I learned that it is the weak who are cruel, and that gentleness is to be expected only from the strong.” ― Leo Rosten, Captain Newman, M. D

45. Sincerity

“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. [Thanksgiving Day Proclamation, 1963]” ― John F. Kennedy

46. Self-Esteem/ Confidence

“You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection” ― Gautama Buddha

47. Thoughtfulness

“There is no greater evil than men's failure to consult and to consider.” ― Sophocles, Antigone

48. Balance/Moderation

“My point is, life is about balance. The good and the bad. The highs and the lows. The pina and the colada.” ― Ellen DeGeneres, Seriously... I'm Kidding

49. Inner Peace/ Harmony

“We can never obtain peace in the outer world until we make peace with ourselves.” ― Dalai Lama XIV

50. Purity

“Always aim at complete harmony of thought and word and deed. Always aim at purifying your thoughts and everything will be well.” ― Mahatma Gandhi

51. Perfection

“I am careful not to confuse excellence with perfection. Excellence, I can reach for; perfection is God's business.” ― Michael J. Fox

52. Simplicity

“The greatest step towards a life of simplicity is to learn to let go.” ― Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free

53. Innocence

“It's never too late to have a happy childhood.” ― Tom Robbins, Still Life with Woodpecker

54. Courtesy

Courtesy costs nothing, but buys everything.” ― Hazrat Ali Ibn Abu-Talib A.S

55. Obedience

“I don't do what I'm told, but I might do what you want if you ask me nicely.” ― Cassandra Clare, City of Ashes

56. Purpose

“If you hang out with chickens, you're going to cluck and if you hang out with eagles, you're going to fly.” ― Steve Maraboli, Unapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human Experience

57. Faith

“Faith is not the belief that God will do what you want. It is the belief that God will do what is right.” ― Max Lucado, He Still Moves Stones

58. Success

“Try not to become a man of success. Rather become a man of value.” ― Albert Einstein

59. Wisdom

“Think before you speak. Read before you think.” ― Frances Ann Lebowitz, The Fran Lebowitz Reader


60. Teach them to value themselves.

And there you have it a big list of 60 values. Do you have any others you can add to this list?