What is character?
To be honest, when I was growing up, the word character was used in cartoon form, like Mickey Mouse or Bugs Bunny! Not until our children were growing did the word character come up. So, what is character otherwise? This is a tough question for many, none the less, our children deserve to be introduced and taught vital core values in order to help shape who they are in life.
The famous basketball coach John Wooden said: “The true test of a man’s character is what he does when no one is watching.” Therefore, teaching a child good character is a daily adventure because we want them to make good choices and become the best they can be. I believe that being a positive role model is a great way to start.
What is a good age to begin teaching good character to a child? Right away, the earlier the better I say! If you think about it for a minute, you teach your child to have good manners when they start to talk, “say please” or “thank you”. You’re already engaging them in lifelong lessons of character building. Here are some thoughts to use to help bring awareness to the process of developing positive character traits:
These are the traits that Characters of Character developed, and children can relate to:
Behavior Bear teaches good behavior
Do’er Duck teaches perseverance
Friendship Frog teaches friendship
Healthy Hippo teaches healthy hippo
Manners Monkey teaches good manners
Respectful Rabbit teaches respect
Responsible Rabbit teaches responsibility
Self-Esteem Elephant teaches confidence
Warm-Hearted Walrus teaches kindness
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.
Married with children since 1981. Love working with children and sharing the Characters of Character.