How to Teach Loyalty

Teaching your children loyalty helps them value their family, stand up for those in need, and make friendships that last a lifetime.

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You Will Need

  • Discussions
  • A good example
  • Teachable moments
  • Slogans
  • Stories and fables (optional)

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Define it

    Talk about the meaning of loyalty with your kids and why it is a virtue.

  2. Stories from Aesop's Fables for younger children, or novels and movies such as The Outsiders for older ones, can help teach the concept of loyalty.

  3. Step 2

    Be a good example

    Set a good example of loyalty, for instance by standing up for your family when they are mistreated and following through on your commitments.

  4. Step 3

    Use teachable moments

    Look for teachable moments with a moral about loyalty or disloyalty, such as when your child shows school spirit, does something patriotic, or is betrayed by a friend.

  5. Reminding your child how they feel when others treat them with loyalty may help inspire them to be loyal in return.

  6. Step 4

    Use slogans

    Repeat catchy slogans about loyalty that your kids will remember, such as, "Make new friends, but keep the old. One is silver and the other is gold."

  7. Step 5

    Fine-tune

    Help your children fine-tune their understanding of loyalty by trying to explain that keeping some types of wrongdoing a secret is not true loyalty, but false loyalty.

  8. Dr. Seuss' first classic book about the loyal elephant Horton, titled Horton Hatches the Egg, was first published in 1940, and its sequel, Horton Hears a Who, was published in 1954.

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