What Values do you Teach your Children?

I've been pondering the transition beyond the baby phase and into the school children phase lately.  One yoga student, a mother of  girls age 4 and 8, I spoke with after class said something that has stuck with me this week.

"I'm much better at this stage than the baby stage."

Honestly,  I'm scared for this older stage.  This stage where my children can respond, rationalize and negotiate with me.  They are no longer little babies that are 100% dependent on their mother.

I've also been spending time thinking about what type of people I want my children to become.  It is my responsibility to show and teach the core values that are important to our family.

What are our core values I've been asking myself.

Here is what I came up with.

Obviously the fact that it is on an erasable chalkboard, it is a work in progress.

My little girl insists we should add "No Biting" to the list.  Yes, it is a rule in the house but hopefully it falls under one of the bigger picture categories.

My hope is that by repeating and enforcing how these rules impact our everyday actions, my kids will learn the difference between right and wrong.

How do you teach your children core values? What rules would you add to this list?



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  • I love, love, love your list! This stage is difficult as these tiny little minds have opinions and agendas of their own. Thank goodness I started practicing patience a few years ago, b/c I need it every hour of the day! Consistency is what we practice. I refuse to argue with my kids, so they know when I say no to a request, I mean it.

    I love, "Say you are sorry." That also goes for the adults in our home. When my husband and I have a disagreement, we make sure the kids see us talk it through (when appropriate), apologize, and hug.

    Great thought-provoking post!

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