Character Building

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Upward Bound Home School classes begin today. I spent a lot of time praying and preparing for this day. As a parent and teacher of my children, I have an interest in their lives as a whole, not just their academics. I want my children to be well-rounded, so to speak. After all, the goal is responsible, mature, godly adults.

I contemplate their character and how to nurture it—how to incorporate character-building lessons and activities into our home school curriculum and day-to-day tasks.

The definition of character per dictionary.com is “the aggregate of features or traits that form the individual nature of some person or thing.” Aggregate means “a sum mass, or assemblage of particulars; a total or gross amount.” Character integrates honesty, courage, and other moral, ethical, and biblical qualities.

I analyze and work on the each child’s individual traits as well as his/her overall makeup. In this way, I can adapt my teaching style, lessons, and training tools as we progress.

Just as I educate my children, I want the Lord to instruct me, to refine me. It is my deepest desire to reflect the image of Christ. I consistently work on my own character, the totality of who I am. I want to be more like Jesus today than I was yesterday. To that end, I read the Bible and other biblical material, attend church, participate in biblical discussions, and pray. I ask God to show me areas that need perfected and rely on Him to help me improve.

How about you?

What strategies are you implementing to improve your character?

What strategies are you implementing to build your children’s character?

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2 thoughts on “Character Building

  1. I’m trying to control my tongue more — a perennial battle for me — and not let daily frustrations get the best of me. Though Matt is 28 years old now, we still have opportunities to help him build his character because his disabilities mean we have a much greater role in his life than would be typical. I try to help him connect his behaviors – good, bad or neutral — with outcomes. Sometimes I do this by giving him incentives (as in “if you sleep better this week, we can give you extra time for Animal Planet” or ” you behaved so well at that party; that means you can go to more of them.”) I’ve never seen this as using bribes; after all, how many of us would work outside the home regularly if we got NO paycheck?

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    • Thanks for your thoughts!
      It’s true – the paycheck makes working more pleasant. 🙂
      My tongue gets me in plenty of trouble. I, too, find this one I need to work on consistently. For me, it’s easy to slip back into using curse words (a habit I picked up in my teens) if I hear it a lot.

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