How Do You Teach Children Character Traits?

How Do You Teach Children Character Traits?

by | Oct 14, 2022 | Character Building

By teaching character traits, you shape your children’s future. Through positive traits, you can build a good and solid character in your children. Good character traits lead to high moral values and good qualities in your children. This leads to your children becoming well-adjusted and successful people in the future. Here are some tips for teaching character traits to your children. 

 

  1. Focus on the Desired Character Traits

The first step to teaching character traits is to focus on one at a time. When your kids absorb this character trait, then move on to the next. But don’t forget to revise and remind of the earlier learned character traits in between. 

 

  1. Define Character Traits

For teaching character traits to your children, make them understand these traits. Define different character traits for your children. Teach your kids what separates one character trait from the other. Assess different character traits. Discuss with your kids if a specific character trait is positive, negative, or neutral. Teach your children about positive character traits and why to learn them. Or the negative character traits that they should avoid. And how a neutral character trait can change into a positive one. 

Your kids are still young and not exposed to the ways of the world. Do not assume that your kids already know about a trait. So, teach your kids about the basics and that too from their point of view. Tell them simple examples so they understand. 

 

  1. Label the Traits

For teaching character traits, label and model them to your children. E.g., Your children share a toy or a treat with their friends. Make full use of this chance. Point out that sharing is a good character trait. Same way, if a bigger kid hits a smaller one. After stopping the fight, point out that bullying is a negative trait. 

You can also use other people as role models. These can be your family members and your kids’ favourite teachers. These can also be sports persons, leaders, or actors your kids like. Teach your children how these people made a difference in their and others’ lives. Highlight their positive character traits that made it all possible. Better still, model the character trait you want to teach your children. They follow you and learn by observing your actions. 

 

  1. Fables and Fairy Tales

For younger kids, fables and fairy tales are great for teaching character traits. Fables and fairy tales are short stories with simple writing styles. These do not have any grey characters. Instead, the characters are either black or white. Also, most of the characters have amplified good or bad character traits. This makes it easy for your kids to compare good and bad character traits. Point out to your kids, the good character traits of the heroes. In the same way, point out the bad traits of the villains. Just like the stories, teach your kids how good character traits help heroes succeed. And how the villains lose and get their due. 

 

  1. Books and Novels 

For teaching character traits to older children, replace stories with books and novels. Children’s books and novels have more complex storylines that appeal to older kids. Choose carefully and read these books before giving them to your children. Better if these books come with pics and drawings and are not too long. After your kids have finished a book, discuss the different character traits written in it. Discuss how these are drawn, and how you can pick them out. Discuss with your kids the benefits of these positive character traits. Teach your children ways to learn these positive character traits. 

 

  1. Teaching Character Traits Through Tasks

You can teach positive character traits to your kids through fun tasks. Ask them to draw sketches and posters that depict a specific character trait. Then ask your kids to describe that character trait. 

Or you can make a list of different character traits with handmade drawings. Then ask your kids to pick the character traits that describe them best. Or the character traits they liked. 

Or create short skits about character traits. Let your kids role-play these characters. At the end of the skit, describe further the trait. Teach your children about the values behind these character traits. Show how negative character traits are harmful. And how the positive character traits will benefit them now and in the future. 

 

Final Thoughts

So, these are some of the ways of teaching character traits to your children. But do not end things by teaching character traits only. Review the progress your kids are making. Give them timely feedback about their positive character traits. Guide your children so they become good human beings and make an impact in this world.

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    by | Oct 14, 2022 | Character Building

    By teaching character traits, you shape your children’s future. Through positive traits, you can build a good and solid character in your children. Good character traits lead to high moral values and good qualities in your children. This leads to your children becoming well-adjusted and successful people in the future. Here are some tips for teaching character traits to your children. 

     

    1. Focus on the Desired Character Traits

    The first step to teaching character traits is to focus on one at a time. When your kids absorb this character trait, then move on to the next. But don’t forget to revise and remind of the earlier learned character traits in between. 

     

    1. Define Character Traits

    For teaching character traits to your children, make them understand these traits. Define different character traits for your children. Teach your kids what separates one character trait from the other. Assess different character traits. Discuss with your kids if a specific character trait is positive, negative, or neutral. Teach your children about positive character traits and why to learn them. Or the negative character traits that they should avoid. And how a neutral character trait can change into a positive one. 

    Your kids are still young and not exposed to the ways of the world. Do not assume that your kids already know about a trait. So, teach your kids about the basics and that too from their point of view. Tell them simple examples so they understand. 

     

    1. Label the Traits

    For teaching character traits, label and model them to your children. E.g., Your children share a toy or a treat with their friends. Make full use of this chance. Point out that sharing is a good character trait. Same way, if a bigger kid hits a smaller one. After stopping the fight, point out that bullying is a negative trait. 

    You can also use other people as role models. These can be your family members and your kids’ favourite teachers. These can also be sports persons, leaders, or actors your kids like. Teach your children how these people made a difference in their and others’ lives. Highlight their positive character traits that made it all possible. Better still, model the character trait you want to teach your children. They follow you and learn by observing your actions. 

     

    1. Fables and Fairy Tales

    For younger kids, fables and fairy tales are great for teaching character traits. Fables and fairy tales are short stories with simple writing styles. These do not have any grey characters. Instead, the characters are either black or white. Also, most of the characters have amplified good or bad character traits. This makes it easy for your kids to compare good and bad character traits. Point out to your kids, the good character traits of the heroes. In the same way, point out the bad traits of the villains. Just like the stories, teach your kids how good character traits help heroes succeed. And how the villains lose and get their due. 

     

    1. Books and Novels 

    For teaching character traits to older children, replace stories with books and novels. Children’s books and novels have more complex storylines that appeal to older kids. Choose carefully and read these books before giving them to your children. Better if these books come with pics and drawings and are not too long. After your kids have finished a book, discuss the different character traits written in it. Discuss how these are drawn, and how you can pick them out. Discuss with your kids the benefits of these positive character traits. Teach your children ways to learn these positive character traits. 

     

    1. Teaching Character Traits Through Tasks

    You can teach positive character traits to your kids through fun tasks. Ask them to draw sketches and posters that depict a specific character trait. Then ask your kids to describe that character trait. 

    Or you can make a list of different character traits with handmade drawings. Then ask your kids to pick the character traits that describe them best. Or the character traits they liked. 

    Or create short skits about character traits. Let your kids role-play these characters. At the end of the skit, describe further the trait. Teach your children about the values behind these character traits. Show how negative character traits are harmful. And how the positive character traits will benefit them now and in the future. 

     

    Final Thoughts

    So, these are some of the ways of teaching character traits to your children. But do not end things by teaching character traits only. Review the progress your kids are making. Give them timely feedback about their positive character traits. Guide your children so they become good human beings and make an impact in this world.

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