When I was a child, many adults in my life—parents, neighbors, teachers, and Church leaders—taught me and my brother and sisters the following lessons. These five principles may be helpful for your children:
Paying the price for privileges.
I knew that freedom to play with my friends in the coming days depended on whether or not I came home on time.
The law of the harvest.
If I wanted money, I had to deliver the newspapers for my route and collect the money each month.
Personal accountability and responsibility.
I had to complete my own homework, science fair projects, and merit badges.
The law of restitution.
I could make up for misbehavior by apologizing and repairing the wrong. My parents sometimes suggested that I complete extra chores, such as pulling weeds.
Learning from mistakes.
If I made my bed poorly, did not wash the dishes properly, or did not pull weeds properly, I had to redo these tasks correctly.