Values give us consistency and predictability in life, both very important for a child’s healthy development. Although toddlers are not developmentally ready to consciously understand values and morals, they can begin to follow the examples of those around them. As children grow, values can help to guide their decisions. For example, a child who has learned that caring for others is important is more likely to help a friend who is hurt. Likewise, a child who learns that it is important to contribute to the work of the household by helping mom or dad with chores will be more likely to take the initiative to put her toys away or help with chores later.