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Teach your child the fundamental values of Christmas through this Advent Calendar
Goodness is perhaps the value among values. Because with this value, many others are already instilled if they know it. The good person is the one who always tries to do good to others. Sure, kindness is a very abstract thing, right? How do we explain to a child what kindness is? In this case, the example is almost the best tool. If our child sees kind behaviors in us, he will know what it means, without the need for words.
Children can be good in many ways: paying attention in class, being obedient, tidying up their room, having details with their friends. You have a story that talks about kindness on our Children's Guide page. Is named Pedrito, the snail and the slug.
Obedience implies collaboration and partly responsibility. It implies for the child to assume and respect a series of rules, and it is very useful in education because it is part of the imposition of limits on their behavior.
A child will obey if he is clear about the rules and sees that by acting in this way and by obeying his parents, he receives rewards in the form of praise, affection and appreciation.
Children also learn from failures. For example, learning to persevere, to strive continuously. To keep fighting for your dreams.
But how can we teach our child this value? Through studies, a sport you enjoy, games with your friends ... Perseverance often requires discipline. For example, in a sport that you like and want to practice more professionally.
Explain that with perseverance you can achieve almost everything.
Responsibility implies commitment. To the extent that the child commits to something, he must accept his share of responsibility. And not only with others. The responsibility must also be with oneself.
The value of The responsabilityBut the best way for them to understand what it entails is by using a pet. Your pet will have to take care of it, feed it, keep it healthy. They will understand that responsibility is closely linked to love as well.
Effort is the way to get what you want. That is why it is convenient to instill this value from when the child is very young.
Discipline is a good way to instill the value of effort. A specific time to study, a routine ... The effort is also closely related to the ability to overcome frustration. Use a box motivations, so that it costs the child less effort and incidentally to improve their self-esteem.
Being sincere means being honest, not hiding anything, being clear and truthful. Not only with others. Being honest with yourself also means not fooling yourself, accepting yourself and not trying to be a different person.
A person who is incessant with himself, breathes harmony, peace. Your child must understand that sincerity is essential in relationships with others. That lies can do a lot of harm to other people.
If you want, you have a story about sincerity. It's called 'Sara y Lucía'.
Respect for the common good means that we must instill in our children respect for everything that belongs to humanity. That is to say: nature. Something as simple as explaining every time you pluck a flower that the flower belongs to everyone, that it does not belong to you, and that by plucking it prevents other people from enjoying its beauty for longer. Or that the signal not to step on the grass is to protect a common good.
It seems simple, but at first, children are not very aware of the things that belong to everyone. The water, the air, the sea, the mountains ... It is you who must teach him not to throw garbage on the street or not to make noise in a theater, for example.
You have a very nice story in Guiainfantil that speaks of this value: it is called 'Itzelina and the rays of the sun'.
Union make force. Nothing clearer and easier for your children to understand that cooperation is very important to achieve goals in life.
Cooperating with others will also be rewarding. You will be helping, you will feel valuable. Your work will be reinforced by the end result.
Encourage your children to do chores at home. That they help you clean up, clean up.
They can also learn the meaning of cooperation when they play as a team with your friends. Games like soccer, basketball, handball ... would be meaningless without everyone's cooperation.
Generosity is another of the values that must be learned little by little. No one is born being generous. That is why the example of parents is essential. Children will learn to be generous to the extent that they see that others are with him.
Show him that if he shares, this gesture will have benefits for him, because later the others will share with him. If you want, you have a story about this value: A plate is not a lettuce.
Kindness is a basic value. Kindness opens doors, helps the child to relate to others. It means to be loving, affectionate, respectful. And also, pay attention to others.
This is another of the values that must be learned. Children are not born being kind. No one is born being kind. Quite the opposite. As children we are impulsive and we move by instincts. But little by little the child must learn to control impulses.
In these cases, it is best to lead by example. If children see that we are kind to others, we say hello, we ask, and we care about another person, and we give thanks, they will tend to imitate this behavior. In Guiainfantil we have a fantastic story that talks about kindness. It's called, Daniel and the magic words.
Compassion is a value that makes us more sensitive and humane. It involves caring for others and doing everything possible to achieve their happiness.
It is a value closely related to kindness, generosity and empathy. If you want, you have a story that speaks of compassion: 'A rabbit on the road'.
Solidarity exists as soon as someone is aware of the needs of others and collaborates to help. It is a value that is learned, and that is learned above all by example.
Solidarity requires empathy, putting yourself in the place of the other, and generosity. You can explain it to him through a story: 'It's cold'.
How difficult it is to educate a child in patience, right? Children are often impatient by nature, but the value of patience is very helpful. Whoever perseveres must be patient. So patience is also related with success.
Play games to teach your child to be patient. For example, the puzzles they are very good at getting it.
Friendship teaches you many things throughout life. Friends are chosen, and they are chosen in many possible ways: by affinity, by sharing values ...
Like family and school, friends also help shape our personality. In fact, the first childhood friends, will mark the child forever. Friendship teaches the child to be generous, tolerant, compassionate ...
Being tolerant implies respecting the other, respecting their differences, their thoughts, their beliefs. Respect an idea even if it is not shared. Well, this is something that has always cost all of us since we were little. You see the children who argue among themselves and try to impose their ideas on others, right?
To instill the value of tolerance, stories can be used. For example, the Ugly Duckling, a swan among ducks who laughed at him and did not want to accept their differences
Trust others and yourself. Children will trust another person if they feel respected, if they are sincere and honest with them. Confidence feeds on kindness.
Self confidence however it is linked to self-esteem. The higher the child's self-esteem, the more he will trust his chances, and the closer he will be to success.
Consistency is a value that is conveyed by example. Parents must be consistent in what they say and do. If there are contradictions between your words and your deeds, you are creating confusion and difficulties within your family.
Be consistent and teach by example what this abstract word means to them. Consistency is closely linked to sincerity and honesty.
An honest person attracts the trust of others. But what does it mean to be honest? Being honest means being honest, with others and with yourself. Be transparent, don't hide anything.
For a child to learn to be honest, he must first know yourself, know their strengths and weaknesses, and that implies some maturity. Only in this way can it show itself as it is.
Punctuality is not only a value for oneself, but also means a commitment to others. In many places, lateness is viewed as a lack of respect for others.
Instill in your child the value of punctuality, but above all, set an example so that he understands the importance of it.
Empathy is that ability that human beings have to put themselves in the place of the other. It is a value that makes us more human and that is also related to other values, such as generosity, understanding, kindness.
The empathy it can also be felt towards animals or Nature.
More on the value of empathy, HERE
Respect for differences is essential in social relationships. Respecting the other implies being tolerant and respecting their differences. It is the key to a good coexistence between different cultures.
Guiainfantil.com It will help you to teach your child to be tolerant of differences from a young age, to respect different cultures, races and religions.
More about the value of Respect for diversity, HERE
Younger children are not very aware that their actions can hurt other people, so it is convenient to instill the value of forgiveness little by little.
If your child breaks another child's toy, for example, you can emphasize the sadness or crying of that child who has run out of toy. In this moment, teach your child to ask for forgiveness, to acknowledge that it was an accident, and to comfort the other child.
More on the value of forgiveness, HERE
Faithfulness implies commitment and responsibility, therefore it may take us a while to make our children understand what it really means to be a faithful person. A faithful child is a child who does not cheat, who does not lie, who assumes the positive or negative consequences of telling the truth.
A faithful child is also a child who knows how to value ties, with his parents, with his siblings, with his friends, pets, grandparents and other relatives.
More about the value of loyalty or loyalty, HERE
Giving thanks to the positive things that happen to them encourages children to always do good. We must teach a child to be grateful not only with words but also with details, gestures, smiles, kisses and hugs ...
Through the Advent calendar, children can learn values such as the gratitude, one of them can be practiced in these Christmas parties. The calendar is an excellent resource to prepare children and the whole family to await the birth of the baby Jesus.
The Christmas it is a good occasion to teach children to be grateful for everything they have and for the family with whom they can share good times and experiences. MERRY CHRISTMAS!