One thing that has a paramount influence on all of us is Reading or what we read. Children, just like adults, are deeply influenced with what they read. Hence, it makes sense that you should read what you wish your child to become. Reading moral stories to kids would boost character building right from the root level.
Why Moral Values are essential for Kids?
Moral and ethics contribute immensley to the character and have a deep impact on shaping children. Here is how:
- Help Kids build Resilience: Life does not come with a manual. With it’s intricate twists and turns, life can be really confusing. What can really help your children navigate through its ups and downs is a strong set of moral values and ethics. Kids who grow up in grounded and values enriched environment are less likely to astray as adults.
- Prepare them for their Role in Society: The reason you send your children to school is to prepare them for their future role in the greater schema of society and life. A well-educated person who is a compulsive liar earns little respect.
What prepares children for their role in society and as a good citizen, is the set of values they adhere to. Belief system is what distinguishes a cop from a thief. Both could be equally clever but will certainly have different places in the society.
- Counter Bad influence: It is easy to go awry when all you see is negative influence. Peer pressure is immense these days. Most adults confess to starting their addiction to smoking, drinking and the likes under peer pressure.
A good set of values can be of great help to your children in such circumstances. Such children do not succumb easily to peer pressure and are less likely to develop bad habits growing up.
However, over the past few years there has been a steady deterioration in the value system. We can’t really blame anyone! Parents are increasingly busier. Nuclear families make the current way of living. Schools are more engaged than ever in academia and physical grooming of students. Add to this, the explosion of media in all its forms be it digital or visual.
The onus, thus, primarily falls on you to inculcate values and ethics in your children. Grandmas are not as available as before, to narrate stories enriched with good morals and lessons. But what is indeed available is a great collection of moral stories for kids.
Moral Stories for Kids
Vice of Greed
Greediness is defined as an excessive, unreasonable selfish want for something. What is essential to understand that greed is limited to ‘Wants’ and not ‘Needs’. Teaching your children to distinguish between the two is essential.
There is no end to wants. Often the child, who cries every time he visits a toy store, is the one who does not understand the difference between greed and want. Helping your child understand his needs can pave a way for contentment, gratitude as well as value for money.
1. The Fisherman And His Wife: This is simple, age old story that perfectly brings out the perils of greed. Once a poor fisherman catches a fish, which is actually an enchanted prince. The fish requests the fisherman to let him go and grants him a wish.
This story highlights the vicious circle of greed and how it is self-fuelling and never-ending.
2. The Goose and the Golden Eggs: Another story about excessive wants and how it eventually harms us. An Aesop fable, this story has been translated into many languages across countries.
It is a story about a Goose who laid one Golden egg everyday for its master. But with time its master became greedy and his greed leads to his misfortune.
3. King Midas and the Golden touch: This is a beautiful story that will teach your children learn what is truly essential in life. Help your children understand the true source of happiness and joy in life with this tale.
4. The Greedy Dog: This is a perfect story to teach your children about the consequences of being greedy. A funny tale, it revolves around a Dog and how his greed makes a fool out of dog.
5. Greed for Wealth: A story with a powerful message, it revolves around a sage who turns greedy and selfish.
Truth and Lies
The first thing most parents teach their children is to tell the truth. Being honest and truthful is one of the highest valued virtues. No one likes a person who lies.
Teach your children the significance of telling truth and how lying can land them in trouble with the aid of following stories:
1. The Boy who cried Wolf: An age old story about how lying can land us in trouble, this is a favorite with many kids. Help your children understand the difference between joking and lying with this story.
2. Donkey in the Lion’s Skin: An Aesop’s fable, this is a great story to teach your children that lying does no good. Lying and tricking people can land us in big trouble and it is always best to stay truthful.
3. Pinocchio: Who can forget the story of a boy who became a compulsive liar? Pinocchio’s story teaches children that lying can easily become a habit and it is no good to lie.
4. No more Lying: This is a perfect story that revolves around a child who lies when he feels scared. A common scenario with children. However, besides teaching children, it also delivers strong message to parents as well on how to inculcate honesty.
5. Honest Woodcutter: A wonderful tale to teach your children the perils of lies and how honesty is the best policy. It is a story of an honest and a greedy woodcutter. It imparts an important lesson on how honest people receive help while those who cheat suffer.
Help your little ones understand the power of staying together and not fighting. Quarreling does not do anyone good. Together they can make a team. Inculcating the spirit of unity and not picking up fights trying to show who is better is something all parents have to work on.
1. The Sun and The Wind: A classic tale about the natural forces and how they quarrel trying to out do each other. A simple story with a good lesson.
2. Fox and The Stork: This is a story of a stork and a fox and how they try to out-do each other. Instead of fighting and trying to prove oneself better, we all are better off with our own set of qualities. We need not fight over them.
3. Two Foolish Cats: This is a must watch for every child. The beautiful story efficiently delivers the message that arguing does you no good. Rather, other people can take advantage if we fight.
4. Lion and the Wild Boar: An excellent story about how a lion and a wild boar realize that squabbling is not a way to resolve differences and fighting would only harm.
5. Frog and the Ox: This story helps children understand that we should appreciate each other and not try to act smarter. It is especially relevant in the current competitive scenario. Teach your child to appreciate his/her own talents and appreciate other’s capabilities with this short story.
Spirit of Friendship
Friendship cannot fall behind when you teach your children about moral values and ethics. Friendship is one of the most sacred bonds. It is like choosing your family, your people who will stay with you in need. Imbibe the spirit of friendship in your child with these stories:
1. The Lion and The Mouse: The first story that comes to mind when teaching about friendship. This story lays down the first rule of friendship in a most delightful way – No one is too small or too big to be your friend.
2. True Friends always help each other: Another important lesson of friendship is to help your friends. This is a cute story that depicts the love between pals.
3. Bond of friendship: An ancient tale about how to keep your friends and maintain the precious bond of friendship. This story will teach your children how to peacefully resolve conflicts with their friends.
4. The Four Friends: A Panchtantra story about four friends and how together they stand undefeatable.
5. The Monkey And The Crocodile: While you teach your children about making friends, also enlighten them to choose friends wisely. After all, a bad friend can be worse than an enemy.
Often, through the medium of stories, children learn invaluable lessons of life. Make these story sessions interactive, share your experiences, seek your children’s opinions around the stories to help them understand better. See if you can find and tell stories that improve their STEM knowledge.
Watching or Reading these stories with your children will help them understand the essential virtues of life. They will help you lay the foundation of their character.