teaaching children freedom

Teaching children freedom is an important value to teach. Understanding freedom includes understanding our personal boundaries in relation to others. Children learn about freedom at home first. Parents teach by example. Proper discipline in developmentally, age-appropriate ways is key. Children need limits in order to understand the limits others should self-impose. Parents expand a child’s environment, social activities, and learning step by step in an age-appropriate way to teach children how to interact with and learn from others. Teaching in those “opportune moments” as things come up are more meaningful and are learned more deeply. Planning a teaching opportunity is a good way for parents to introduce a subject, maybe sharing, waiting turns, bullying, etc. Books, TV shows, or movies provide situations to discuss with your youngster and teenager.

Children have a place to sleep and play. They have toys, clothes, and belongings of their own. They need to learn justice and fairness first. If a sibling or peer takes one of their belongings, they learn not to take what isn’t theirs. In addition, they learn that the other person needs to return the belonging. If they commit an injustice against someone else, they learn about consequences, returning what they took or making reparations. If they broke a toy, they may need to work extra chores at home to earn the money to buy a new one. Or, they may need to offer services or chores to the other person to “cover” the damage. Or, if they damaged property, they need to clean it up and/or earn money to repair it.

Teaching children freedom and moral values…

For example, my son at about age 10 broke a double paned window…

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