Who doesn't wish there were a magic wand to just get us through the task at times?! I know it's crossed my mind at times. However, the older I get, I can appreciate the journey. There is always a lesson to be learned during trying times and during the good times. It seems we focus on the trying times which makes the good times seem far and few between. In my opinion, I just can't emphasize enough that when you don't give up, don't throw in the towel, look for the light at the end of the tunnel, it's a feeling you want to embrace all the time. As Do'er Duck says: '"NEVER GIVE UP"
How do you teach a child the importance of this trait? First, you have to believe that it's important, then you have to model this. It's really alright for your child to see you struggle with something, and it's even more important that they see you persevere through it, to see it through to the end, that you aren't one for quitting, this is what they will internalize. Just remember to use clean language through the trying times of it all!! They are good listeners, too and seem to say the same things you do!
Here are some thoughts to help teach a child perseverance though Do’er Duck who teaches our children to ‘NEVER GIVE UP”
1. Be patient
2. Be an encouragement
3. Introduce small challenges to that they, extending their comfort zone
4. Share a story of yourself during a time that you persevered
5. Take a break if you must, but, do not quit
Through perseverance a child will internalize the feeling of accomplishment and perhaps look forward to the next challenge in life knowing that they will give it a try. Teaching our children these vital core values shapes them into their own character and helps them to gain a deeper awareness to develop these positive character traits.
As an educator, I love to encourage building communication skills, literacy and imagination in our children. Allow your child to write a letter to their favorite character and with a S.A.S.E. they will get a response. We can become Pen Pals!
Married with children since 1981. Love working with children and sharing the Characters of Character.