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Four Effective Ways To Impart Character On Children

Apr 25, 2008
According to World Book Dictionary,"character" means the qualities that make a person what he is. Character applies to the moral qualities that determine the way of a person thinks, feels and acts in the important matters of life, especially in relation to the principles of right and wrong. Character is very important in children. It just likes a compass to guide them in the choice of their action. Therefore, a lot of parents would like to impart character or value on children e.g. attentiveness, truthfulness patience and so on. Parents can impart good character and value to children by the following way:

They can impart good character and value to children by the following ways:

1) Role modelling

You are the important role model for your children. Your child will like to copy your action, behaviour and character. You are his or her first teacher. We need to be more aware of our attitude and behaviour in order to set good example for our children.

2) Praising good character

What is the difference between praising achievement and character? For example, a child scores 98 marks over 100. His mother says ,"Excellence. Well done" by praising his achievement. The child may feel insecure if he cannot get good marks next time. Instead of praising academic achievement, mother can praise his diligence in revising his homework and attentiveness during the class. By praising good character, it guides the child to develop his potential, reinforce his good character and improve self-esteem.

3) Telling story

Children love to listen to story. You can impart value to the children by telling them a story. Then, you can ask the children

a)What do you learn from the story?
b)If you are the character, will you do differently?
C)Do you find the character demonstrate good values e.g. patience and tolerance?

Get the children to talk about their thinking and feeling. It is an effective way to cultivate good character in the children.

4) Newspaper /Magazine Cutting

Some parents will do newspaper or magazine cutting together with their children. They will identify some good character of the people and paste it in a scrap book. Then, they can discuss and talk about their choice of articles. For example, one of the parents cut the newspaper articles about Mother Teresa to teach the child about love and compassion. This is an useful way to impart value to children.

In conclusion, children will learn good character from their parents. Parents' action and attitude have a tremendous impact on their children. In addition, parents may impart good character on their children through praising good character, telling stories and newspaper cutting.

Disclaimers: The author shares this article based on her personal and work experience and disclaims any responsibility for any liability, losses or damages and /or application of any of contents of this article.
About the Author
Ms Mak Wai Chong, a mother of 3 children, is a freelance trainer and counsellor. She has worked as social worker and counsellor for 17 years. Visit her website at WiseParents.net for prenatal training and parenting information and FREE newsletters.
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