What would your child do in the following situations?
⇒ Your child sees some kids on the playground laughing at another child.
⇒ Your child sees someone drop money without noticing.
⇒ Your child breaks a framed photo while playing ball in the living room.
We hope they will say something to the mean kids. We hope they will chase after the person who dropped the money. We hope they will tell us when accidents happen and make different choices in the future.
We hope our child will do the right thing when no one is looking.
A child who knows what the right thing to do is, even if it’s hard, has a strong inner compass. Whether we call our inner compass a “conscience” or “having good character” or “strong morals,” we want our child to have an inner voice that guides them to be a good person.
How do we help our child develop this inner sense of right and wrong?
Here are 3 common parenting myths that get in the way of helping our children develop a strong inner compass, and three alternatives to use.