According to Moises Roman from UCLA Early Care and Education, “a teachable moment is a learning opportunity for a child to acquire new information, values, morals, a new behavior or a new skill, or a new way of expressing and coping with an emotion.”

  • Recognize that your children often learn moral lessons unconsciously, in casual moments.
  • Be aware of situations that represent moral choices.
  • Talk with your children about the ethical challenges represented in everyday situations, the media and popular culture.
  • Praise your children for their ethical choices.
  • Point out ethical behavior in others.
  • Let your children see your own thought processes regarding ethical decisions.