Our expert says:
You're not wasting anyone's time, but asking an important question, and it'll be interesting to see what other readers suggest here.
I don't think that lectures on morals in the abstract, work -- indeed, they could help to convince the kids hat morals are something boring and abstract and not a part of daily life. I think there are two especially important aspects of what you want to achieve --- (a) you teach best by doing, by living acording to the moral standards you believe in. Kids pick up the contradictions in parents, for instance, who scold them for experimenting with dagga because chemicals are a bad idea --- but then themselves often get drunk, contradicting by their actions what they said in their words. and (b) it's more effective to discuss moral issues and how they apply, in relation to real life examples. When they read in the newspapers, or see things on TV, use the chances to talk about what they're seeing, and discussing why so many types of behaviour are a really bad idea --- not only because they are contrary to your moral values, but because they have negative consequences. and don't limit discussion only to negative examples --- when there are people in TV movies or the news who have done good things, talk about why those choices these people made were good.
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