Values

  • Children learn through the behaviour they see: think about the behaviours you model and how this demonstrates your own values. Encourage your child to ask questions about behaviours and how values link to these behaviours.
  • Encourage your child think about their own values and to link their values to their everyday actions and to recognise when others do this.
  • Give your child some responsibility around the house, for example to put their clothes away once they have been washed, or to help set the table for a meal. Discuss the values which such behaviours are linked to and why you think they are important. You could give your child increasing responsibility for looking after a pet or other family members.
  • On visits to local play parks, encourage your child to share and take turns with other children using the equipment. Praise them for their efforts and attitudes when showing respect towards others. Link these actions to your and your child’s values.
  • Encourage your child to put litter in a bin/bring it home. Go along with your child on a community litter pick. Help them to take pride in their local community. Link these actions to your and your child’s values and help them to recognise how values, behaviours and consequences are linked.
  • Get involved! Encourage and support your child to attend clubs and activities. Consider volunteering as a helper or coach if you have the time. Link these actions to your values. You could also encourage your child to take up leadership and support roles in clubs and school and so demonstrate their own developing values.
  • Look at family pictures, talk about who is in them and what relationship they are to you and your child. Share some of your stories about these people and what they, as people, mean/meant to you. Discuss with your child how the people in the pictures lived their lives, the values they had and how they put them into action. Encourage your child to ask questions about the values family members past and present hold and how these affect their lives.
  • Talk with your child about right and wrong when the opportunity arises and encourage your child to explore why they think something is right or wrong – and how this compares with your views. Support your child in asking questions about your/your family’s views about right and wrong.
  • Encourage your child to be confident in living according to their own values, but also be sensitive to the values of others.