"Don't do for your children what they can do for themselves!" Encourage them...ABSOLUTELY! Guide them to make good choices...OF COURSE! Help them prioritize...ESSENTIAL! Set a good example yourself...MANDATORY! Just do NOT do the task for them! Let them learn that anything worth doing requires effort, patience, and perseverance to do well.
Good judgment - making a constructive decision in a challenging and/or dynamic situation - requires many positive character traits. How can you help your child learn good judgment?
Honesty requires a lot of courage, respect, responsibility, and good judgment. It is the cornerstone to building a legacy of integrity. It sounds like teaching honesty to children would be difficult, but it is not.
Good intentions are just not enough. If we want to change a bad habit, learn something new, or make a positive difference for others, we need self discipline to follow through and succeed.
In families, classrooms, and small schools like Warren-Walker, we need to intentionally restore relationships, remove barriers, and hold the worth of others in high esteem. In doing so, we construct and maintain an atmosphere of respect that allows us to focus on helping each child achieve to his or her highest potential.
Every student needs to use courage everyday...to walk into the class alone, to raise a hand to answer a question, to stand up for him or herself if a playmate is not playing fair, or to present an oral report. We have shared this quote for years, and we stand by it today: "Character may show most in the great moments, but it is made in the small ones." - Phillips Brooks
Friendship and Kindness are Character Education topics of September.
"...A child experiences these things at our School every day. We encourage students to carry their own backpacks, organize their binders, tidy-up their classrooms, and be gentle with their textbooks. So many of the "School Skills" we teach have to do with caring for their own and others' property..."