Building Your Child’s Character

A child’s character is primarily a product and offshoot of her/his family, her environment, and the school she attends. Other elements contribute as well to their development and makeup. However, the home is the first point of primary influence for any child and the parents as chief reformers of their character and value system.

To get a child to love to learn by reading, parents must know what the child is naturally attracted to. What gets your child’s attention? Does the child love looking at bright and colourful things, images and objects? What about those children that love touching and feeling objects. Whatever way(s), you child loves to learn, make sure to follow through on catching the child’s attention by propelling him/her in that direction. How can one do this? Make sure there are play kits, objects and visuals which will positively grasp the attention of that child for the purpose of learning to inculcate a culture of reading and a value for pursuit of excellence.

At the home front, make sure that those things or objects which can serve as a distraction to the child from the objective of learning is totally removed. For example, there should be supervised and limited exposure to the television set and some programs that are unhealthy for the mental, psychological, social values of the child. Television as a resource should be used to show those images that would aid the overall development and growth of the child.

At school, parents and guardians must never be totally trusting as to leave the educational development of their child without proper investigation into the schools activities and curricula. Before, enrolling your child in any school, do backgrounds check from other parents who know and can verify the educational, moral, social worth and standard of the school.  Always, enquire about the culture of learning and reading that is built into the practice of the school. When one is satisfied with the outcome of the investigation, then, the child should be enrolled.

Parents often ask how to raise a child with good character and values, in the context of a culture that often seems to reward the opposite. The simplest answer is that children learn what they live, so if you live your values, your kids are likely to as well.

It’s also true that talking explicitly about our values helps kids to develop them, especially in the face of teachings from the media or their peers that might go against what you believe.

Finally, there are definitely ways that you can encourage your child to be thoughtful, generous, responsible, and courageous — a person of character. Every adult have a moral duty to model good and positive character to children whether they have a direct relation to them or not, however, those who have charge of growing children must make conscious efforts to model goodly, godly and positive character to kids.

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