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- Parents Play An Important Role in Building Children’s Character





Parents Play An Important Role in Building Children’s Character

If parents are committed to developing their child’s good character, they’ll get results. It takes dedication and constant watchfulness to raise a child with good morals. But it’s worth it. Your child will grow up with a strong moral compass that will serve him well in school and in life.

To build your child’s character:
• Keep a strong focus on good morals in daily activities. Incorporate the ideals of honesty and respect into dinner and car conversations with your child.

• Explain to your child why you make certain decisions. Talk about the values—such as tolerance and generosity—that guide your decisions.

• Watch TV with your child. When a character does something wrong, ask why it’s wrong. When the character makes a good moral decision—such as returning something lost—discuss why that’s the right thing to do.

• Catch your child showing good character. Tell him you-re proud of him for telling the truth or working hard to finish a task.

• Evaluate how your efforts are working. If you need help, turn to friends, family, and books about character and morals.
Source: M. Berkowitz, “Character Must Matter to Parents First,” Topeka: City of Character, The Topeka Capital-Journal, http://find-articles.com/p/articles/mi_qn417/is_20010812/ai_n11768486/.

Fall 2011
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