How to Convince Parents to Prioritize Character Building of Children?

How to Convince Parents to Prioritize Character Building of Children?

by | Jan 13, 2022 | Character Building

What does a child’s personality development mean? It means your children develop worthy qualities like honesty, fairness, caring, and respect for others among other things. All these qualities create the character in children and build their personality. Your children learn not only in school but also from their surroundings. They learn in the playground and from their friends and seniors. And the most they learn is from you and your family. 

The role of the family in character development  of children is an essential one. As parents, you have so much to teach your children and build their character. It will become difficult as they reach adulthood as they may become set in their ways. But young age is the right time to mold them. Install good values in your children. Teach them to be just, fair, kind and honest. Teach your children to be patient and hard-working. All this helps build their character.   

Role of Family in Character Development 

Family is the first social group that your child sees and belongs to. This group includes the parents and then the extended family. Your neighbors and the adults they interact with are also included in this. If your children learn empathy, honesty, a sense of fair play and other desired qualities, it will help them throughout their lifetime. Let us look at some ways, you as a parent along with your extended family can play a role in this. 

  1. Build Empathy in Your Children

Teach your children empathy. Parents have love and empathy for their children but may not show it. Show your children that you care. Talk to them to understand their feelings. Create the surroundings where they feel free and love sharing things with you. Once they start trusting you, they will be happy to learn from you and follow you. Ask your children to sense what others may be feeling. It can be animals and their friends among others. If they had a fight with their friends, ask your children to imagine what their friends must be feeling. If your children were rude to elders, ask them to feel how hurt they must be. In this way, you start building empathy in your children. It will help a great way in building character in your children.

  1. Use Teachable Moments

Children will make mistakes. They will misbehave at times. As a parent, it is essential to discipline them. But it should not involve beating or shouting. You can calmly tell your children what they did wrong. Let your children know what is right and what is wrong. These moments are important as your children will learn from their mistakes. This learning is precious and cannot be easily taught. By not shouting or scolding, you are also showing them how to control emotions and maintain calm. Your children will realize the difference between wrong and right. Gentle discipline will do a whole lot of good than any physical or verbal violence in your child’s personality development. 

  1. Use Praise Wisely 

Parents often praise their children for doing something noteworthy. Praise in general is ok but should have meant most of the time. You should praise your children so that they learn from it. Otherwise, it is meaningless. Give your children feedback on why you are praising them. Praise your children for their specific acts. Praise and explain what they did to earn it. It is a learning process and has more value for them. For example, praise them for their honesty. Or for their kindness towards others or for their sense of fairness. You get the gist. Praising for specific acts helps your child’s personality development as they learn that character traits matter. 

  1. Be a Role Model for Your Children

The role of the family in the character development of children is foremost. You have to be what you want your kids to become. Your children listen to you and follow and copy you. You and your family transmit values to your children. If you have good character, your children will also have that. Select the choices and do the deeds that develop your character. If you are honest, fair, and hardworking, your children will see it every day. They observe that being this way brings their family happiness. Seeing this nudges your children to follow your path and develop good character. 

Also Read : What is Personality Development for Students?

  1. Recognize the Goodness in Others

As discussed above, you are the primary role model for your children. But children are keen observers. They are curious and want to learn. Observe with them. Teach them the good acts others are doing and what they can learn from it. You can teach them good character traits of regular people, animals and even comic book heroes. Tell them that guards and cops protect people and property. Cleaners and helpers clean the surroundings and help their families. Crows and other birds also clean our surroundings. This is a great chance for them to observe and learn good qualities and habits. 

  1. Learn from Books and Movies

You tell stories to your young kids. As they grow up, they move to reading comics and watching movies. You can utilize this too for your children’s character development. Use these comics and movies to teach your children lessons in values and ethics. Pick those kids’ books and movies with great moral lessons. Point out the good traits of the characters. Ask your children to give their input. Have meaningful talks with them. These talks should help your children understand the good character traits in their comic book champions and movie heroes. Ask them what virtues these heroes have. What good deeds they do that your children love them. Ask them what challenges their heroes faced in the movies and how they overcame them. Also, quiz them on the characters they most relate to and why. Ask them the opposite too. Ask your children what characters are the least like them and why is that so. Then ask them who is worthy of their praise. Tell them what traits helped these characters do great deeds and become heroes. Tell them how these traits are valued by you and other family members. When your children learn that their family values these traits, they begin to practice them. 

  1. Provide Chances to Practice

Children need the practice to learn something first. Whether it be reading or sports, practice is a must. It is also required to learn good habits and build a good character. Your children get inspired by observing but need hands-on practice to discover and develop good character. Whenever a chance arises, help your children take ethical action and the right decision. Involve them in the drives that help others and the community at large. Your children will discover that their actions make a difference and make others happy. Through regular practice, your children will develop empathy, a sense of charity and social duty. 

Conclusion

The role of the family in character development is paramount. Your children learn from you and the rest of the family first. Teachers play a role but only later when your children start going to school. Teach your children good values from the start. Be their role model. Ask the rest of the family such as grandparents, aunts and uncles to help too. All your combined efforts will help in your child’s personality development and build a good character. 

Also Read : How To Teach Moral Values To Students?

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How to Convince Parents to Prioritize Character Building of Children?

by | Jan 13, 2022 | Character Building

What does a child’s personality development mean? It means your children develop worthy qualities like honesty, fairness, caring, and respect for others among other things. All these qualities create the character in children and build their personality. Your children learn not only in school but also from their surroundings. They learn in the playground and from their friends and seniors. And the most they learn is from you and your family. 

The role of the family in character development  of children is an essential one. As parents, you have so much to teach your children and build their character. It will become difficult as they reach adulthood as they may become set in their ways. But young age is the right time to mold them. Install good values in your children. Teach them to be just, fair, kind and honest. Teach your children to be patient and hard-working. All this helps build their character.   

Role of Family in Character Development 

Family is the first social group that your child sees and belongs to. This group includes the parents and then the extended family. Your neighbors and the adults they interact with are also included in this. If your children learn empathy, honesty, a sense of fair play and other desired qualities, it will help them throughout their lifetime. Let us look at some ways, you as a parent along with your extended family can play a role in this. 

  1. Build Empathy in Your Children

Teach your children empathy. Parents have love and empathy for their children but may not show it. Show your children that you care. Talk to them to understand their feelings. Create the surroundings where they feel free and love sharing things with you. Once they start trusting you, they will be happy to learn from you and follow you. Ask your children to sense what others may be feeling. It can be animals and their friends among others. If they had a fight with their friends, ask your children to imagine what their friends must be feeling. If your children were rude to elders, ask them to feel how hurt they must be. In this way, you start building empathy in your children. It will help a great way in building character in your children.

  1. Use Teachable Moments

Children will make mistakes. They will misbehave at times. As a parent, it is essential to discipline them. But it should not involve beating or shouting. You can calmly tell your children what they did wrong. Let your children know what is right and what is wrong. These moments are important as your children will learn from their mistakes. This learning is precious and cannot be easily taught. By not shouting or scolding, you are also showing them how to control emotions and maintain calm. Your children will realize the difference between wrong and right. Gentle discipline will do a whole lot of good than any physical or verbal violence in your child’s personality development. 

  1. Use Praise Wisely 

Parents often praise their children for doing something noteworthy. Praise in general is ok but should have meant most of the time. You should praise your children so that they learn from it. Otherwise, it is meaningless. Give your children feedback on why you are praising them. Praise your children for their specific acts. Praise and explain what they did to earn it. It is a learning process and has more value for them. For example, praise them for their honesty. Or for their kindness towards others or for their sense of fairness. You get the gist. Praising for specific acts helps your child’s personality development as they learn that character traits matter. 

  1. Be a Role Model for Your Children

The role of the family in the character development of children is foremost. You have to be what you want your kids to become. Your children listen to you and follow and copy you. You and your family transmit values to your children. If you have good character, your children will also have that. Select the choices and do the deeds that develop your character. If you are honest, fair, and hardworking, your children will see it every day. They observe that being this way brings their family happiness. Seeing this nudges your children to follow your path and develop good character. 

Also Read : What is Personality Development for Students?

  1. Recognize the Goodness in Others

As discussed above, you are the primary role model for your children. But children are keen observers. They are curious and want to learn. Observe with them. Teach them the good acts others are doing and what they can learn from it. You can teach them good character traits of regular people, animals and even comic book heroes. Tell them that guards and cops protect people and property. Cleaners and helpers clean the surroundings and help their families. Crows and other birds also clean our surroundings. This is a great chance for them to observe and learn good qualities and habits. 

  1. Learn from Books and Movies

You tell stories to your young kids. As they grow up, they move to reading comics and watching movies. You can utilize this too for your children’s character development. Use these comics and movies to teach your children lessons in values and ethics. Pick those kids’ books and movies with great moral lessons. Point out the good traits of the characters. Ask your children to give their input. Have meaningful talks with them. These talks should help your children understand the good character traits in their comic book champions and movie heroes. Ask them what virtues these heroes have. What good deeds they do that your children love them. Ask them what challenges their heroes faced in the movies and how they overcame them. Also, quiz them on the characters they most relate to and why. Ask them the opposite too. Ask your children what characters are the least like them and why is that so. Then ask them who is worthy of their praise. Tell them what traits helped these characters do great deeds and become heroes. Tell them how these traits are valued by you and other family members. When your children learn that their family values these traits, they begin to practice them. 

  1. Provide Chances to Practice

Children need the practice to learn something first. Whether it be reading or sports, practice is a must. It is also required to learn good habits and build a good character. Your children get inspired by observing but need hands-on practice to discover and develop good character. Whenever a chance arises, help your children take ethical action and the right decision. Involve them in the drives that help others and the community at large. Your children will discover that their actions make a difference and make others happy. Through regular practice, your children will develop empathy, a sense of charity and social duty. 

Conclusion

The role of the family in character development is paramount. Your children learn from you and the rest of the family first. Teachers play a role but only later when your children start going to school. Teach your children good values from the start. Be their role model. Ask the rest of the family such as grandparents, aunts and uncles to help too. All your combined efforts will help in your child’s personality development and build a good character. 

Also Read : How To Teach Moral Values To Students?

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