Published on September 22nd, 2017 | by MH Preschool AY 2017/180
Inculcating Good Values in Children at an Early Age
One of our SSIS Preschool goals is to nurture good values in our preschool children. Nurturing good habits and values at an early age will go a long way in developing and establishing a child’s personality and these will stay with the child for a long time.
Respect, kindness, honesty, perseverance, self-discipline, compassion, generosity and good manners are some of the values that most parents want to instill in their children.
Here are some good habits that we can begin with:
Please and Thank You
Remind your child to say “please” when they need help to open a container or when they need another serving of vegetables at dinner. Also, gently prompt your child to say “thank you” after receiving a gift or help from someone.
Encourage your child to share snacks or toys with his/her siblings or friends. Encourage them to take turns when playing with each other. Teach them to ask their friends “Can I play with your toy please?”
Excuse Me and Sorry
Encourage your child to say, “Excuse me” if someone is standing in their way. When your child snatches a toy from a playmate or accidentally steps/knocks into someone, prompt him/her to apologize. Help them to understand that people make mistakes, but it is important to own up to the mistake and apologize sincerely.
Communication and Eye Contact
It is basic courtesy to look at the party to whom you are speaking to or who is speaking to you. It is also polite to answer if your name is called or when you are asked a question. Encourage your child to be patient and not interrupt when two people are having a conversation, unless it is an emergency. For example, if a friend is sick or someone needs to use the bathroom and you need to interrupt, say, “Excuse me” or “I am sorry to interrupt.”
Children learn from watching how their parents treat and interact with them and the people around them. So it is important to set a good example for your children. It is also important to be consistent so the same behaviour should be expected whether your child is at home, overseas or at someone’s birthday party.
Do not forget to thank your children, praise them and give them a pat on the back when you observe that they have done something nice or well.
Nurturing good values in a child takes time, practice and reinforcement. So constantly remind your children to practice good manners on a daily basis!