Helping our children succeed is important. Whether it’s instilling a love of reading at an early age, giving them access to maths learning support at school, or helping them to learn revision techniques that can help them in crucial exams, there’s plenty we can all do on that front.
There’s more to being a parent than getting our offspring through their assessments, however. A great deal of debate still surrounds the question of nature versus nurture and where the two intersect. Children each have their own individual makeup and some might be predisposed towards certain behaviours, but there’s no disputing the fact that their home lives and the influence of parents can have a major impact.
There are no guarantees, but it’s our responsibility as parents to help our children develop a strong moral compass so that they understand the difference between right and wrong, while encouraging them to respect others.
Schools can certainly play a part — indeed, they are required to promote ‘British values’. While we might disagree on what exactly British values entail, the government defines the fundamentals as: “democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs”.
It is important to talk to children about treating others with respect and to discuss the impact of issues like bullying. No one wants to think of their child being bullied, but finding out your child is the one doing the bullying can be just as upsetting.
However, it’s not enough simply to tell children how they should behave, or hope that their school takes care of it. We also need to set examples and encourage children to think about moral issues themselves, equipping them to develop their own morality system.
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