4 values your child should have learnt by the age of 5... Don't miss out!!!

Yes, they are just 5. What do they know anyway? They still have a lot of growing up to do.

If you subscribe to the above notion then you need to wake up and smell the coffee. The world is rapidly changing and children are maturing faster. If you want them to grow up as people worthy of emulation then you need to get to work early enough.

Remember that the way you start out with your kids often informs the parenting experience you will have when they are older. More so, those early years lay the foundation of who they’ll become.

This is why it is important that they learn certain values by the time they are 5. This is because, at this age, they are relatively aware of themselves, their environment and their actions.

So, what are the values I am referring to?

1. Kindness
It is never too early to teach your children to be considerate of others and generous in giving. This is beyond teaching them politeness but about inculcating in them that it is important to empathize with others. Use practical examples of how someone’s kindness to them made them feel better and they will learn the importance of doing the same to others.

2. Honesty
When you know that your children are honest, it makes it easier to trust them. To teach this value, ensure that you don’t lie in front of them. Secondly, don’t sweep dishonesty under the carpet. If you catch them in a lie, issue a stern warning or chastise them.

3. Respect
Every human being is deserving of respect, both their mates and those who are older. Seize every opportunity to drum this truth into their ears. When they speak disrespectfully, call them out on it.

4. Determination
Don’t allow them to give up too easily, even if it is a simple task that you can quickly help them out with. Instead, allow them to struggle and figure it out themselves.

What other value do you think should be on this list?

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