Developing Our Children’s Moral Character

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As a parent I am always looking for great Christian tools to help me with my children and I have found a great tool to help in developing our children’s moral character from Focus on the Family.

Its called Character Crew. Its a refrigerator poster with activities and stories about each topic. Simply hang the poster on the refrigerator and spend all month doing activities that help with key characters. There are 9 all together.

For the next 9 weeks I will be going over all 9 with you. They are Respect, Citizenship, Hope, Compassion, Courage, Honesty, Excellence, Perseverance, and Responsibility.

Lets get started with WEEK 1 RESPECT!
Showing consideration and regard for yourself, others and the world around you

Discuss the benefits of treating others in the same way you would like to be treated. Help your child understand that all people have value and therefore should be treated with respect.

People show respect in many ways. They speak and act kindly, avoid insults, cruel comments and rude language. They are courteous and considerate to family members and treat others fairly, regardless of race, sex, age or ethnic group. They demonstrate respect for people who do not share their beliefs, likes, and dislikes.
American writer James Baldwin once said, “Children have never been good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them.” Children learn respect (or disrespect) from how we treat them and others. They reflect back everything we, as parents, say and do. When we give children the same respect we demand, we are modeling this important character trait. Remember, how we teach them is what we teach them.

To Do

  1. Go over the Respect (pdf) poster together and put it on the refrigerator.
  2. Read the story, A Chilly Tale, with your child and discuss the questions at the end.
  3. Listen to the Adventures in Odyssey episode, “Relatively Annoying,” and discuss the questions.
  4. Do the Friendly Dinner (ages 4-7) or the Growing Respect (ages 8-12) activity to reinforce the respect character trait.

This character was taking from Focus on the Family website. Copyright © 2004, Focus on the Family.

May the Lord move mountains in your home over the next 9 weeks while you bring some new ideas to help your children with they Key Character to help them love God more!

Serving With Joy,

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I am a sinner saved by grace trying to move through this broken world as a wife, mom and homeschooler. I have 3 gorgeous sons {24, 17 & 11} and a wonderful husband of 13 years, that have my heart! I don’t have all the answers however sharing my life with you in hopes that it will drawer you closer to Him. I pray that when you leave here you walk away knowing Him better.

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