3 Character Traits to Instill in Children

Character Education is a structured program to teach children good behavior traits. The usual traits include respect, caring, self-discipline, honesty—typical characteristics that most people would agree are indicative of a “good” person.

There are all kinds of ways to teach good character from teaching the definition, rewarding good behavior, and giving examples. Of course, the best way to teach good character is by actual example.

Together, teachers and parents work together to encourage children to have good character. When the system works, children grow up to be happy, productive citizens.

I would like to propose a few more “soft” traits that I think should be included in every program of character education. I believe these traits are important because they create well-rounded children who are fulfilled. These are independent thinking, creativity, and finding their passion.

1. Independent Thinking

First, I think independent thinking should be encouraged. If our children can think independently, they can think outside of the box and come up with solutions that are better than rote answers. By being independent thinkers, they are no longer dependent on others, but think critically and logically to form conclusions. I think independent thinkers are self-assured and bring solutions to the community.

2. Creativity

I would also like to include being creative. I believe creativity is natural in children. If we can encourage their creativity, we will help them become well-rounded children. The arts are what bring happiness and healing to the community.

3. Passion

Lastly, I think we want to encourage children in finding their passion. It’s important for children to find what really excites them. Exposing our children to all kinds of different experiences will help open the door to them finding their passion. This is important because when they find their passion, they light up. They work harder. They are happier. They find their purpose in life. They enhance the world.

So, these “softer” traits (independent thinking, creativity, and passion), I believe are just as important as the usual good character traits.

Do you agree? I’d love to hear your thoughts on this…

Wanda Luthman

Wanda Luthman

Wanda Luthman has her Masters of Arts in both Mental Health Counseling and Guidance Counseling from Rollins College in beautiful Winter Park, Florida. She has worked at the local Community Mental Health Center, the local Community College, Hospice, and is currently a Guidance Counselor. Her calling in life is to help others be their best selves. She writes magical, whimsical, adventure books that delight and inspire children. She has always loved reading and writing, and wrote many books and poems as a child growing up in Missouri. She presently resides in Brevard County Florida with her husband of 21 years and two dogs.
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3 thoughts on “3 Character Traits to Instill in Children

  • October 26, 2016 at 10:59 am
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    How very true…fortunately I know I was bought up with all these traits and certainly tried to teach these same traits to my son, and continue to pass them on to my grandson. More families need to develop these traits in their children if they haven’t already..for sure the World will be much stronger. Great article.

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  • October 26, 2016 at 7:18 am
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    I completely agree. After working with youth at risk some of the things I noticed were: They had not been allowed to be creative, independent thinking had not been encouraged and they had not discovered their passion or worse, had been told their passion didn´t matter. Once we worked on these points, they blossomed, followed their passion and became contributing members of society. Of course, there were other things to deal with as well but these three were huge.

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