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What are the parenting principles in happy families? 9 quests to ask yourself when considering your family values

Posted On July 16, 2020

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Parenting Principles are something a family considers when starting a family. You have probably asked yourself, what does it take to be a family with moral values? What are the good families do to raise moral children? “We know some of the tricks for teaching kids to become high achievers”, says Adam Grant, in his NY Times Article How to raise a moral child” and his books Give and Take, Originals, and Option B.

One of the ways parents could achieve this goal was applying the principle – less is more. Holocaust survivors families, for instance, were especially successful in raising moral children. These families taught their children a few key values rather than a long list of rules. And, of course, parents personal example children could follow. They walked the walk and talked the talk.

Parenting Principles to consider

  • Love over laws?
  • Laws over rules?
  • Guidance over punishment?
  • Relationships over principles?
  • Humble over boasted character?
  • Interests & perseverance over talent & luck?
  • Collaboration over competition?
  • Presence over presents?
  • Questions over answers?

“People often believe that character causes action, but when it comes to producing moral children, we need to remember that action also shapes character. As the psychologist Karl Weick is fond of asking, “How can I know who I am until I see what I do? How can I know what I value until I see where I walk?”” Says Adam Grant, professor of management and psychology at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and the author of “Give and Take: Why Helping Others Drives Our Success.”

Written by Anna A. Block

Anna A Block is an educator, entrepreneur, and a mother of three little girls ages 7 and under. She believes in a beauty and power of ordinary, daily mundane. It is where the magic happens and memories created for a lifetime. And, it takes only 20 minutes of "pure" time to tell a story, play, read, talk, make or learn something together. Anna is fluent in English, Ukrainian, Russian, and is learning Hebrew. To know more about Anna, visit her website: AnnaABlock.com or read about her on About Us page.

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