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
- A good example
- Teachable moments
- Stories and fables (optional)
Step 1 Define it Talk about the meaning of loyalty with your kids and why it is a virtue.
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.
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.
Reminding your child how they feel when others treat them with loyalty may help inspire them to be loyal in return.
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.
Did You Know:
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.