Raising Kids With Character
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Raising kids with character is anything but easy, but I feel it is so vitally important in today’s world when it seems that so many of the social graces that were part of everyday life have become a distant memory.
I tell my kids all the time that character is nothing more than who you are – even when no on else is around. Character is who you really are. Character shapes everything from the words you say and the things you do to the friends you make, the way you handle the things you have and don’t have, and how you manage both the easy and hard times in life.
Character training is something that we all experience throughout our entire lives, isn’t it? I know my character continues to be shaped as I learn, grow, and change even as an adult.
Character training really does happen all the time in real life experiences and opportunities, but I have found that kids love having some hands on, fun things to learn with in addition to just being lectured in the moment.
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There are all kinds of new resources on character coming out all the time and although I do enjoy trying the new ones, I find myself and my kids asking to migrate back to the oldies but goodies.
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Following are some of the resources on character that we love and are always coming back to. In fact, my older kids love these so much they don’t even mind going through them again and again as the younger kids get older and get started.
In terms of character training, we emphasize being a peacemaker.
The Young Peacemaker: Teaching Students to Respond to Conflict in God’s Way
This book has been great for being a peacemaker.
These are especially good for younger kids:
and so are these books:
My Mouth Is a Volcano Activity and Idea Book
I Can’t Believe You Said That!: My Story about Using My Social Filter…or Not! (Best Me I Can Be!)
I Just Don’t Like the Sound of No! My Story About Accepting No for an Answer and Disagreeing the Right Way! (Best Me I Can Be)
I Just Want to Do It My Way!: My Story About Staying on Task and Asking for Help (Best Me I Can Be!)
And because I’m big on manners, we use this with younger kids, this is actually really fun,
This is an old favorite, too,
For Instruction in Righteousness: A Topical Reference Guide for Biblical Child-Training
The book below is hands down, my favorite
Character Building for Families Volume 1
I really could go on and on here. There are just so many great things, but I have highlighted our favorites for younger kids.
When kids get older many of these still apply, but we also read books on people who are heroes in our eyes like this:
Christian Heroes Books 1-5 Gift Set (Christian Heroes: Then & Now) (Displays and Gift Sets)
Christian Heroes Books 6-10 Gift Set (Christian Heroes: Then & Now) (Displays and Gift Sets)
Christian Heroes Books 11-15 Gift Set (Christian Heroes: Then & Now) (Displays and Gift Sets)
These are things that we often read from at night as part of devotions:
The Children’s Book of Virtues
The Book of Virtues for Young People: A Treasury of Great Moral Stories
The Book of Virtues for Boys and Girls: A Treasury of Great Moral Stories
Character training in everyday life is so important, but character training with some of these amazing resources will be something that you are so glad that you took the time to do.