Character Building at Home

John Neyman Jr
Dr. John is a counselor and therapist to ADHD children and their parents

Ones character is an important part of a person’s well being.

There are many methods you could rear good personalities for your children. Good characters like being responsible, having integrity, respectful, honest, kind, and fair can strengthen the family unit and the community.

Environmental factors such as the school, church, and community can influence your child’s character building. However, you must remember that it would all start inside the home. So build your child’s good character as early as today.

Here is some learning you could teach your children as they grow up:

1. Set a good example.

What the child usually sees inside the home is what they would think is the right thing to do. The decisions, choices, and actions you make everyday brought impact on the child’s character building. Parents must show a good example. Never shout at each other when in front of the kids. Show respect, honesty, and love so your child could adapt those traits and would apply it to other people as well. They will always see you as their model, so as parents, set a good example for your children.

2. Be the first teacher.

As parents, you must know that a child’s development starts at home. Therefore you must be their first teacher when it comes to this. Teach them what’s right and what’s wrong. Never tolerate a character that you know would not benefit them at all. Give rewards in times they did great and consequences when they’re disobedient. Your child will see you as their mentor and what others see in them would relate on how you reared them up. Be the best teacher you can be for your child.

3. Guide them with regards to social media.

There are a lot of things they can get from social media like Facebook, Twitter, Tumbler, Instagram, etc. Not everything they see on televisions and social sites are good for them. Give time and check what they are always into. Though you need to give space for them to explore, you should not take social media influence for granted. The moment you mingle with them, you would see what they are up to and correct the wrong things they might be getting into.

4.  Allow them to apply what they’ve learned.

Allow your child to explore the world. They are growing and you can’t stop that from happening. They will make decisions of their own and it’s time for you to allow them to apply what they’ve learned from you as parents. A well developed character from how you brought them up will result on how they make good decisions in life. Whenever they made a mistake, direct them again in the right way.

Even the bible says, “Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” – Proverbs 22:6

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