Parenting Tips by Jean Tracy, MSS, for grades K-6:
Parenting Skills – Today’s agenda for Building Character:
· In my last post, we discussed the 5 key attitudes to encourage in your children.
· We also discussed practical questions for developing the 5 key attitudes.
· Today we’ll use a specific moral dilemma and show how to blend in the practical questions.
Character Building – Consider using this moral dilemma:
It’s odd but true that adversity introduces your kids to themselves. Who they are depends on how they think, feel, and act. Let discussion dilemmas prepare them for those adversities.
Case in point, imagine a simple car ride or a vacation drive when you and your kids are discussing the following dilemma:
What would you do if the class bully is picking on a little kid? The bully is bigger than you. The smaller boy is crying. Will you help the little kid? Why or why not?
From my years as a teacher and a counselor, I found that kids love to discuss dilemmas. Ask your kids meaty questions when discussing dilemmas.
Character Building – Practical questions to use with this moral dilemma:
1. How did the little boy feel?
2. Why would a big kid bully a little kid?
3. What do most kids think about bullies?
4. Have you ever bullied?
5. What advice would you give to bullies?
Adjust the questions to fit the dilemma. Having kids face adversity through dilemma discussions prepares them for future problems. Teach them to think with the above 5 questions. You’ll delight in the discussions. You’ll build character too.
Now you know the 5 questions to help your kids discuss moral values. Use them and let me know your opinions. Your ideas are important to me.
My next post will discuss the “No Snitchin” Rule from rappers and Australia’s answer to Snoop Dog.
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If you're wondering where to find moral dilemmas for your family discussions, treat your family to our Dilemma Discussion Kit with its 51 dilemmas. The time to build character is now.