Self-respect will teach you how to earn respect from others, and give it back to them.
Integrity will enable you to tolerate the differences and uniqueness of others by providing your the strength to accept yourself and your own flaws. With integrity, one becomes a strong and responsible member of society.
Honesty in a world of two-faced people all over the place there is no better time than now to explain to children the benefits of speaking their minds and telling the truth.
To me these past three are the values that are lacking the most in society today.
I agree with other editors in picking respect, self-discipline and hard work. Such qualities I believe are essential for making a success of your life in whatever sphere you wish to choose. Respect, I believe, is particularly important, especially at a time when levels of respect seem to be declining.
I believe that being respectful is an important quality to learn and it will take a person a long way in life. When a child learns to respect others, this also helps them to develop self respect and in turn, people will respect them.
Parents should also tell children the value and importance of their lives. Parents should let children know how special they are. This could help build up their self esteem and self worth.
The willingness to work hard is a value that seems to deserve more emphasis that is sometimes receives today. People sometimes seem content to try to get by with a minimal amount of effort rather than pushing themselves to do their very best.
Frugality is a lost moral virtue. People today seem to lack the idea that they should not be buying everything in sight just because they can (or because they can borrow enough to be able to buy it). They should understand the value of living with less so that they and their children can have more secure futures.
Self-discipline is a moral value, I believe. Moral development includes being able to withstand greedy impulses and immediate gratification and the notion that rewards come when we deserve them. My father always told us, "The purpose of an education is to teach us to do the things that need to be done when they need to be done." That is self-discipline.
I'll agree with previous posters, honesty has to be included in the list. The basis of human relationships needs to be having confidence that people will treat you as they say they will, and in turn you need to treat them with honesty and respect.
I would suggest kindness as being a moral value that needs to be taught, practiced and encouraged. "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you" is not called the Golden Rule without reason - it truly is the basis for all positive relationships (closely akin to honesty, don't you think?) Every culture has it's own version of the saying, but they all convey the same standard of conduct.
Modesty may not be a moral value, strictly speaking, but I think the world would be a better place if more of us did a better job of practicing it. It's better for everyone if they are pleasantly surprised by a person's actions or words than to have expectations destroyed by conceit or overbearing self-involvement.
Patience is a virtue. It is a great value to have. In this fast paced world we live in, it is extremely important to learn patience. Patience alleviates anxiety and stress. It creates a serene attitude. it keeps one healthy.
Honesty is truly the best policy. Good, honest character will cause people to respect you. If someone can trust you, you have more opportunities to open up for you. Employers are looking for honesty in the people they hire.
Common sense is so needed today. In the intellectual world we live in, good old-fashioned common sense is so needed. Weighing out the good and leaving the bad comes with common sense. Knowing what to do in a difficult situation involves common sense. Common sense means thinking through the situation before making a rash decision.
Honesty is important. If everyone in the world tried not to cheat others, it would be a better place.
Responsibility is also important. Teach children to look out for themselves and not expect others to do things for them.
Empathy is also important. Kids today think everything is about them. They need to learn to think about others.
Modesty, honesty and integrity, I guess would be the most important to me. But there are so many that should be taught.