How to Promote Character Values

In order for kids to truly understand concepts related to character development, schools and other programs use various techniques. Activities and events are planned to get students thinking and practicing values such as respect, peace, caring, compassion and other character traits.

Most schools have programs that bring character values into their culture and climate. This may include a school-wide behavior plan, character trait awareness days, specific ways of handling bullying, and other practices to encourage positive choices.

Developing good character traits is a home/school/community/world project. Parents and teachers need to be good role models, just as students need to become role models for kids coming after them. There are many others who can inspire character awareness such as religious leaders, government officials, national figures, and others.

One way of providing an easy exchange of thoughts, feeling, and ideas about values and ethical issues with children is through storybook characters. In the book, Listening to the Mukies and Their Character Building Adventures, these multicultural characters teach children important character traits. They address topics of self-esteem, prejudice, mutual understanding and respect, rights and responsibilities in a society, and peaceful co-existence.

Listening to the Mukies is an easy-to-read book for children 8 - 12 that reinforces accepted character traits. You can use this link to buy a copy for your child or classroom today.

15 Ways To Help Others

This past week I’ve zeroed in on “self” and making a difference. Today I want to share with you 15 ways I believe we can help others, which will make a huge difference in the world.

Volunteer. Find out what opportunities are available in your community and help them out.
Smile. “Everyone smiles in the same language.” — Author Unknown
Show gratitude by being appreciative of what others do for you and let them know it.
Be a good sport, which means knowing and following the rules and playing fair.
Be a caring, respectful person who obeys the laws and rules.
Help people who need help – work to improve conditions for others.
Be honest, truthful and accountable.
Let others know you care about them.
Be optimistic in believing things will turn out well.
Be proud of your community and work to make it better.
Do positive things for others.
Show kindness by being gentle, helpful and friendly.
Be punctual, which is a way of showing respect for others.
Be reliable and trustworthy.
Accept others for who they are.

These are reminders of ways to brighten the world and make it a better place.

Lee Jackson, CFCS
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