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Saturday, August 13, 2011

Part 1: The Importance of Teaching Character to Your Children

Praising Character
Why is it we so often forget to praise our children?  As parents we are responsible to steer them in the right direction and because of that we tend to focus on the negative. Sometimes our kids get the impression that we are not easy to please. Praise is a huge motivator and we need to remember to be lavish with our praise for our children.
Why is it when we do think to praise our children we tend to praise them for the wrong things? Think about it- we tend to praise others for achievement, accomplishments, knowledge, position, physical strength or physical looks. When we do that it tends to create in our kids- pride, vanity, jealousy and contention and strife.
Instead, we should praise our children for their character. When we praise them for their diligence for instance, it inspires them to be more diligent. When we praise them for their initiative, they begin looking for more ways to meet the needs of others without even being asked. When we praise them for their responsibility, they step up and feel the inner satisfaction in working hard to fulfill their given chores. In order for our children to work on implementing character in their lives, they need to understand what character is.
In essence, the study of character is the study of our God. Character qualities are just the character reflected to us in the life of our Savior. When we teach character to our kids we are helping them to be more like Jesus which is the very reason we were created.
Phillipians 3:10 says “That I may know Him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death.” We learn character that we may better know our God.
Remember as you prepare for the upcoming school year to plan and prepare to teach character to your children. It’s the most important subject you will ever teach. In the next couple of weeks, I am going to share with you several reasons I have made it my priority in the home education of my children.


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Blogger jewell said...

This fit so well with what the Father has been teaching me about joy and rejoicing. I've been trying to pull the lessons together at
so I don't miss anything...and start to live more of what He is teaching...

Off to find something to praise in my children!

August 13, 2011 at 10:28 AM  
Blogger Annette said...

God has really been convicting me about how critical I've been of my children lately. Thank you for this good reminder to seek to praise them as well.

August 13, 2011 at 1:18 PM  
Blogger Mozi Esmé said...

Thanks for this reminder - how true it is that the things I find easiest to praise are those that nurture pride, etc...

August 13, 2011 at 2:33 PM  
Anonymous Olya said...

Great reminder!!!!

August 19, 2011 at 3:35 AM  
Blogger sunshinemama said...

So glad I read this. So many times I can think of other things to be teaching my children, but to see the heart of it, character, this really gives me encouragement in this area and now I can start praising their character qualities, thank you!

August 20, 2011 at 5:42 PM  

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