It's not easy because I stay away from typical tricks -- bribes, rewards, threats and punishments because they don't teach kids self discipline. These methods teach kids to conform for fear of reprisal or because they expect some material gain from doing what's expected of them. I won't always be there to hang something over them, nor will society. Plus I want to learn that being a decent person is it's own reward. So when I come across examples of using reason and logic to teach kids morals, I was blown away. Take this example:
- To explain why cheating in school is wrong, in addition to saying that it's damaging to your character and that you can no longer look at yourself as an honest person, you could say that in the long run it's bad for everyone because grades mean less and teachers won't be able to assess who needs help and who should advance. Ahhhhhhh. This explanation makes perfect sense, but it's not second nature for me to think this way, especially on the spot.