I Listen To My Parents

The world offers a multitude of influences that impact a child’s set of morals. The vast amount of contradicting values leave children grasping for moral understanding from their parents. Parents often times do not address moral issues, which offers their children no benefit. In Robert Coles’ “I Listen to My Parents and I Wonder What They Believe,” he demonstrates children’s difficulty in processing through different moral messages. Coles emphasizes the parent’s role in assisting their children in moral education. Because children’s vulnerability too many influences, parents have the responsibility to morally educate their children, but often fail. Parents who neglect addressing moral issues fail to educate their children morally. Children crave parental guidance in moral learning, but often parents fail to discuss these issues with their kids. Coles records an inquiry by a nine-year-old girl, “I asked my mom and my daddy once: What’s the thing that means most to you? They said they didn’t know but I shouldn’t worry my head too hard with questions like that” (Coles, p. 442). With limited moral understanding, a child cannot establish set morals to base their decisions on. Children receive an enormous benefit from parental guidance, but often time’s parents neglect addressing moral problems. Coles proceeds in the …show more content…
Parents often neglect the power they wield, both slowing and confusing a child’s development. Neglecting moral issues leaves the youth clueless to interoperate issues and prevents them from forming moral guidelines. Parents conflicting morals further confuses and hinders a child’s understanding of right and wrong. However, parents who invest in moral discussion aid moral understanding and development in their children. The many influences children encounter leave them venerable to moral misunderstanding, so a parents responsibility to morally educate their children becomes immensely

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