39 character strategies for kids to learn

1. When you talk to others look them in the eye – be confident and courageous.
2. Do not rush through today just to get to tomorrow. Celebrate the little gifts.
3. Use media responsibly – control it and don’t let it control you.
4. Remember that your words matter. Use them carefully.
5. Give others the benefit of the doubt.
6. Be bold.
7. Celebrate each other’s accomplishments.
8. Remember that comparison erodes contentment. Learn from others.
9. Develop a goal and stick to it.

10. Share your dreams with others. Collaborate.
11. Learn to see what can work and not what cannot.
12. Learn to listen with discerning ears. Establish boundaries.
13. Hold the door open for others – see those around you.
14. Be strong in your convictions. Do not be passive.
15. Remember to laugh.
16. If you’re behind – catch up.
17. Take responsibility for your actions.
18. Speak with confidence. If you speak something – claim your words.
19. Keep a record of the good in your life.
20. Be neat.
21. Be passionate about life.

22. Stand up for what is right. Have convictions.
23. Give back to others.
24. Carve moments in your day for rest.
25. Wake up early – value your time.
26. Take pride in your actions.
27. Wear a smile on your face – be cheerful.
28. Be loyal and one others can depend on.
29. Find a creative outlet and develop your dreams.
30. Value family.
31. Take a walk when you need to think – cultivate breathing space.
32. Don’t get stuck in the same pattern – do something new – try a new path.

33. Be a steward of your possessions.
34. Don’t hold on to things too tightly.
35. Remember that less is truly more.
36. Develop a posture of thanks – write thank you notes, call, and speak it.
37. Tell those you love that you love them.
38. Pick your battles, try not to complain, and be one who motivates
39. Live a glass half full life – be positive – find joy.

These are just 39 of the many character strategies that I want my kids to develop.  To me, one of the many goals in raising children is to develop leaders, who are not passive, but rather will speak boldly, be strong in who they are, and have convictions and also a heart for others.


5 Responses to “39 character strategies for kids to learn”

  1. February 21, 2013

    Warren Reply

    These character strategies are good for adults, too!

    Hope all is going well with your family. Our youngest, who was having some health issues at the same time one of yours was, is now in her second year of college and doing much better. Hope yours is, too.


  2. February 22, 2013

    Theresa Reply

    Love your blog and inspiring words! Thank you for sharing your gift!

  3. February 22, 2013

    Lynn Reply

    Praying in Seattle!
    Psalms 31:14-16, 24 But I trusted in thee, O LORD: I said, Thou art my God. My times are in thy hand: deliver me from the hand of mine enemies, and from them that persecute me. Make thy face to shine upon thy servant: save me for thy mercies’ sake. (24) Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the LORD.
    My email address

  4. February 22, 2013

    Anonymous Reply

    This is so beautiful! We are currently in a tough season of life in various circumstances. In the midst of it, I am trying to be very positive; what’s challenging is our boys 3 & 5 are constantly bickering. My spouse & I don’t – I’ve been carefully listening. I know our oldest is struggling at kindergarden & I just wonder if you have any advice?

  5. February 22, 2013

    Heather Reply

    Thank you for your encouraging posts. You are motivating me to be a better Mom every day. Thank you.

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