Ivette J. Russo MS in Clinical Psychology
Family morals are the beliefs each family member has about right and wrong, and good and bad. Morals form the foundation of discipline. Discipline is the set of guidelines that teach individuals to make good choices, to cooperate, and to follow the rules, including family rules. Family values are the moral guidelines that family members believe have worth. How do children learn morals and values? Just like adults, children learn with their head (KNOWLEDGE) and with their heart (EMOTIONS). The goal of getting children to have positive moral beliefs and family values in treating others with respect has to be a learning experience that EXEMPLIFIES what parents want their children to learn. In other words, if within your family you teach with threats, bullying, or using violence, while they may deter behavior, the morals that are being learned are not very positive ones.