Teaching good morals

Edward Hallowell, MD, EdD Psychiatrist & Author, shares advice for parents on how to instill good values and morals into your children
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Teaching good morals

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Moral behavior is an issue that a lot of parents have tremendous worry over. Really, you don't teach moral behavior, you demonstrate it. The best way for a parent to instill a moral compass in a child is to live a moral life themselves. The second best way is to make sure the child feels recognized. If you feel recognized, you will feel ownership in the family, the school, the town, whatever; and you will not be inclined to break the rules, because you will feel ownership in the group. You don't ever even have to have heard about the Ten Commandments. You don't have to have heard about the moral precept. You will simply be inclined not to do what you know is bad, because you have ownership in the group. Moral behavior, you learn through watching whatever your parents do; and feeling recognized by whatever group you are in.

Edward Hallowell, MD, EdD Psychiatrist & Author, shares advice for parents on how to instill good values and morals into your children

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Edward Hallowell, MD, EdD

Psychiatrist, ADHD Specialist, & Author

Edward (Ned) Hallowell, MD, EdD is a Harvard-trained Child and Adult Psychiatrist in practice in Sudbury, MA (outside Boston) and New York City. The author of 18 books, Dr. Hallowell specializes in learning differences such as ADHD and dyslexia, both of which he has himself.  He has also written extensively on general issues of parenting and living in our modern age. He lives in the Boston area with his wife of 23 years, Sue, and their three children, Lucy, Jack, and Tucker.

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