Knowing how to teach kids about morals and get desirable results begins with you. Do you adhere to a set of moral values? How consistently do you act in accordance with those moral values? You will never teach kids about morals successfully if your personal behavior fails to agree with your teaching.
To begin, then, sit before a mirror and objectively evaluate your own behavior. If you want to teach kids about honesty, determine how honest you are. If you want to teach kids about morals such as respect and integrity, check your own levels of those traits. Be ruthless.
Knowing how to teach kids about morals and get desirable results involves a process family. We can sum up that family with this quote: “Repetition is the mother of learning, the father of action, which makes it the architect of accomplishment.” (Zig Ziglar)
Think of “Repetition” as the family surname, and the following three as given names.
- Repetition, the Mother of Learning
- Repetition, the Father of Action
- Repetition, the Architect of Accomplishment
The three Repetitions help those seeking to know how to teach kids about morals.
“But I hate repetitive tasks!” you say.
You hate repetitive tasks, but you probably love accomplishment. You are reading this article because you want kids to learn and practice morals, not simply to be exposed to morals.
The Mother of Learning
Let me introduce you to Repetition, the Mother of Learning. She is a kind and wise entity. She knows that a child can learn only by hearing the lesson over and over again. She knows that the 4-year-old kid who wants to learn about baseball needs to know about the game. So, line after line after line, she reads to that child about how to throw a ball, catch a ball, bat the ball, and so on. Soon, the child knows it all so well that he or she can repeat it verbatim. The child has learned about baseball through repetition.
HINT: To teach kids about moral values, we must repeat definitions, stories, songs, and explanations until children have memorized them.
The Father of Action
Repetition, the Father of Action is married to Repetition, the Mother of Learning. Once she has taught with repetition of words, the Father of Action steps onto the scene. He goes beyond words. He knows that a 4-year-old kid who wants to play baseball needs more than mere words. So, over and over and over, the Father of Action helps the child repeat basic motions of throwing, catching, and batting a ball. He helps the child apply the memorized words into repeated drill until acting out baseball becomes natural and fluent.
HINT: To teach kids about moral values, we must repeat guided use of each character trait until kids begin to exercise those values without help.
The Architect of Accomplishment
Now meet the third family member: Repetition, Architect of Accomplishment. An architect designs and guides a plan or project. Grandfather Architect uses the solid work done by Mother of Learning and Father of Action to design and guide kids’ building of moral values. True to the family name, he uses repetition. He helps children pay attention to details so they can work out the flaws in their understanding and practice of moral values. He provides models of the finished character building on which they are working. He injects enthusiasm and spirit into the process as results begin to show!
HINT: To teach kids about moral values, we must repeatedly call attention to flawed understanding and actions, repeatedly inject enthusiasm and even rewards until children consistently exercise desired moral values.
Repetition is the answer to teaching kids moral values. “Repetition is the mother of learning, the father of action, which makes it the architect of accomplishment.”
The repetition of character trait definitions, character in action, and spirited encouragement will give positive results!