Child Development: Kayla J.

Guidelines for Moral Development

~Set clear standards of behavior

Teach children rules by explaining why the rule is important.

~Respond to inappropriate behavior

Deal with problems immediately after rules are broken and respond to repeated behavior in the same way.

~Talk about mistakes in private

Correct behavior in private so you don't humiliate the child.

~Understand that children will test the limits

As children develop, they try to break rules purposely. They then begin to understand acceptable and forbidden behavior.

~Consider the child's age and abilities

Remind children wrong from right as they may forget at times.

~It is a lifelong task to learn self-discipline

You can't expect kids to be perfect. Help them learn from their mistakes.

~Continue to show love despite misbehavior

Children need to know you love them despite wrongful behavior.