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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.


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

You Will Need

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

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