They say it’s the hardest job you’ll ever have, raising up a child. I seem to read constantly about ways to do it better. This really hit me last night.
I was reading about a Psychologist’s suggestions on the Essential Character Traits for Kids.
Faith.. This is important because our immediate circumstances will not always be to our liking. Faith gives a person hope.
Integrity. A person with integrity is honest, straight-forward, and consistent, no matter the circumstances. A person with integrity is wholly devoted to his principals and beliefs
Poise. Poise is the ability to remain calm when things around us are falling apart.
Self-discipline. This is what will save them when we are not around. This is what will keep them out of a world of pain and trouble.
Endurance. Endurance is the ability to stick with it and not give up. Teach them, quitters never win, but winners never quit.
Courage. We often think of courage as not being afraid, but real courage is being afraid and doing the right thing anyway. Having the courage to stand up for what is right will serve them well.
It’s a great list, but also overwhelming to think about how to teach them all of these traits.
Then it hit me, your children will learn all of these things by watching you embody them.