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Children and family values

            Children had and will always be the future for a better tomorrow; therefore, parents and schools should provide them with the necessary “equipment”. This equipment will help children when they become adults to live their life by having limitations related to the ethic meaning. The values that they will have will be good sources for knowing what is correct and what is wrong. Furthermore, the values will be a guide to their life. Since values are important for the children’s life, family and school should become an origin of unlimited values. In families, children will learn the values that their parents consider appropriate while in schools children will learn some basic values.
             When parents are teaching values, their actions will deliver to the children the clearest meanings. This is happening since children learn by observing, so the way that parents will spend their free time or even their money will mirror on their children’s character. The parents should set rules that reflect the values they believe, because then the meaning of the values will be easier. Also, the parents must be effective advocates and this can be accomplished by being caring, loving parents and teachers who set the good example (Childhood Education, 2001). They should refuse to exploit their children in any source that is corrupting their sense of the values, because then the children will feel betrayed and confused (Children Education, 2001).
             According to Leslie Rescorla ,Ph.D., director of the Child Study Institute at Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania, parents should promote the self-esteem of their children. Self-esteem comes from feeling competent and capable, so the challenge for parents is to encourage independence but also provide boundaries and rules (Redbook, 1990). Furthermore, it is very important for the parents to know that they should let children draw their conclusions, because this will help in the development of a better understanding ability.