Moral stories are a powerful way to ingrain ethical values in people of all ages. Many cultures have traditional moral stories that have been passed down for generations. Here are 20 of the most popular moral stories:
- The Tortoise and the Hare
This is one of the best-known moral stories. It teaches the lesson that slow and steady wins the race.
- The Boy who Cried Wolf
This story teaches the importance of honesty. It warns against lying, because people will stop listening if they think you’re always exaggerating.
- The Ugly Duckling
This story teaches the lesson that everyone is beautiful in their own way. No one is perfect, and everyone has something special to offer.
- The Lion and the Mouse
This story teaches the lesson of kindness. It shows how a small act of generosity can go a long way.
- The Ant and the Grasshopper
This story teaches the lesson of preparation. It teaches that it’s important to work hard now so you can enjoy later rewards.
There is some debate surrounding the identity of the compiler of the 20 moral stories. The most commonly accepted theory is that a Chinese philosopher and legalist, named Han Fei, compiled them sometime during the Warring States period (403-221 BC). However, there is no definitive proof of this and some scholars believe that they may have originated in India instead.
Most parents want their children to have a strong moral compass, but what if there are just too many right things to do? How can you teach your children which of the 20 moral stores are appropriate for them?
One option is to let them figure it out for themselves. With guidance from you, they will learn how to think critically and make good decisions. But this process takes time and can be difficult, especially if your child is still young.
Another option is to pick and choose from the 20 moral stores to create a customized set of morals for your child. This approach can be tailored to your child’s age, personality, and interests.
The third option is to use a pre-determined set of morals that are appropriate for kids. This approach takes the guesswork out of it for you and can be helpful if you’re not sure where to start.
The 20 moral stores that we will explore in this article are based on the work of Alfie Kohn, an educational writer and lecturer specializing in human behavior, cooperation, and self-esteem. His list of moral stores has been adapted for kids and includes the following:
do your best;
don’t hurt people or animals;
Page 1: Introducing the 20 Moral Stores for Kids
Each one of these moral stores has something important to offer your child. As they learn more about these values, they will grow into compassionate and responsible adults. Let’s take a closer look at each one of them.
The 20 moral stories were chosen because they are representative of the range of moral issues people face in their everyday lives. The stories were selected to provoke reflection and discussion on a variety of moral issues, from honesty and loyalty to kindness and forgiveness.
One of the primary purposes of morality is to provide a shared code of conduct that allows people to get along with one another. Moral codes can vary between cultures, but there are some universal themes. The 20 moral stores from the Mahabharata, a Hindu epic, might have a unifying theme.
The Mahabharata is about a civil war between two branches of a royal family. The war is fought over who will inherit the throne. The Pandavas are the rightful heirs, but they are forced into exile for 13 years. When they return, they have to fight their cousins, the Kauravas, for control of the kingdom.
The Pandavas are moral and principled, while the Kauravas are cruel and ruthless. The Kauravas use dirty tactics to win the war, while the Pandavas stick to honorable means. In the end, the Pandavas prevail due to their superior morality.
The moral lessons from the Mahabharata can be summarized as follows:
- Stick to your principles even in difficult times.
- Do what is right, even if it is unpopular.
- Be kind and compassionate towards others.
- Treat everyone equally, regardless of their station in life.