Let’s first look at what it means to be good or well behaved?
Grandchildren learn from a very early age that being good has its own rewards.
They get into less trouble, and in their eyes they appear to be loved more.
A grandchild who gets into trouble a lot, may feel misunderstood and frustrated.
It is therefore in any child’s interest to toe the line and behave.
Being Good for its Own Sake
Can children develop an understanding that it is important to be good for its own sake, and not because it keeps them out of trouble?
It is certainly important that they do because it demonstrates a greater understanding of their own emotional intelligence, and well-being.
Understanding the Needs of Others
A child who wants to be good is beginning to develop a greater knowledge of the needs of others.
They are developing feelings of empathy and kindness.
These qualities are fundamental essential for the betterment of all people and the Earth, as well as, the child.
How Can You Teach Your Grandchildren to Be Good
To teach your grandchildren to be good for its own sake, will take some time.
You will need to be on the lookout for opportunities where they can practice generosity and kindness, without seeking any kind of reward.
You may want to set this example yourself, and discuss why you go out of your way to help others and serve your community.
While encouraging children to want to be good for its own sake is not difficult, it will take some time and effort on your part.
However, the long term benefits will be great.