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Parenting Tips - How Moral Dilemmas Bring out the Light in Your Child's Character!
By Jean Tracy, MSS
Would you like to find out how moral dilemmas promote your child's inner light? Would you like to be the one to keep it shining? Learn a fun way to share your family values and build character too.
How character is the light in your child:
"People are like stained glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out but when darkness sets in their true beauty is revealed only if there is light from within."
- Elizabeth Kubler-Ross
How to keep your child's character shining:
Finding the time and knowing what to isn't difficult. Try discussing moral dilemmas. They're easy to discuss and take little time at family meetings. Moral dilemmas light the way to character.
As a child and family counselor I enjoyed helping kids discuss moral dilemmas. Kids loved sharing their solutions.
Parenting tips - Consider discussing these moral dilemmas with your kids:
Dilemma at school: Your friends are making fun of another kid's clothes. They want you to put down the kid too. What will you do and why?
Dilemma at home: It's Saturday and you're supposed to help your dad weed the yard today. Your friend wants you to play ball with her at the park right now. Will you beg your dad to let you go? Why or Why not?
Dilemma in your neighborhood: You want to make friends in your new neighborhood. The rule is, "No kids are allowed in your house when your parents aren't home." You are alone. Two neighbor boys are begging to play your new computer game. Will you let them in? Why or why not?
It's important to get your kids to discuss dilemmas before they happen. When challenged to act, they'll be ready.
Parenting Tip - Family Meetings and Moral Dilemma Discussions:
Family meetings promote moral dilemmas discussions. Your children will love participating if their ideas are valued. They'll enjoy the attention and even ask for more family meetings.
Building character with moral dilemmas helps your child's inner light sparkle. By listening to their ideas, you are creating a nourishing bond with them. This bond is the key to influencing their family values. Why not discuss moral dilemmas today?
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