Judging character is easy to teach. Coach your child to see how a person acts and hear what she says. Is the other kind, honest, and respectful? Or is she rude, unkind, and dishonest?
Training Your Child to Look for the Good
Good Character is about being honest and having strong moral values. You can trust an honest person. But a dishonest person signals the red alert, "He lies. I can't trust him." The following questions open your child's eyes to finding good character in others.
Parenting Tip List - How to Ask about Character:
Consider using these discussions around the kitchen table, in the car, or at bedtime.
1. Reject fault-finding in classmates.
- How can the habit of finding fault in others hurt you?
- How could fault-finding lead to gossip?
- What do you think about gossiping?
- Explore the Qualities of Character:
- How would you describe someone with a weak character?
- What are signs of a good character?
- How would you recognize the good character in others?
3. Help Your Child Make Friends with Kids of Good Character:
- How can you be friendly?
- How can you have fun?
- How can you be appreciative?
- Practice Praising a Classmate's Good Character:
- Pick a classmate to praise.
- What would you say? Let’s practice.
- Share it with your classmate and tell me what happened.
- Who will you praise next?
Help your child listen to a classmate's words and see how she acts. He'll be assessing the 'content of her character.' It can influence him about who to avoid and who to choose as a friend.
Guide your child to 'look for the good' in others. He will find it because you opened his eyes to see and his ears to hear.
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