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A moral child is a cooperative child, not necessarily an obedient one. Often the best way to overcome resistance is to ask yourself what would make me feel co-operative if I were in my youngster’s shoes?
The same question can help you teach values and virtues. What do I live out and why? What do I work on throughout my life? Do I respect boundaries and property rights? How about self-control? Do I manage my anger? Do I get strung out on booze or pills? Am I totaly honest? Do I get mired in the past? Are my expectations realistic? Am I generous and understanding? Do I have coping skills? Am I empathetic and supportive? Am I responsible and dependable? How do I deal with stress? Do I work on listening skills. How kind and tolerant am I?
Parents and children struggle together to learn to apply these virtues. We support and forgive each other. We give each other the benefit of the doubt. We encourage and affirm. We build relationship through understanding.
See more on page 168, How to Get Kids to Help at Home.