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.

You will need

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

Step 1 Define it Talk about the meaning of loyalty with your kids and why it is a virtue.

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.

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.

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.”

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.