Character qualities are quickly becoming a necessity to include as a common thread across many educational venues. It is one topic most adults agree is necessary, not only in their lives, but also in the lives of their children for successful relationships, careers and life. You may hear it referred to as “Values Education.” But when and how do you teach character to your children? It’s obvious that the teenage years are not the time to be starting. Too many examples of that on the evening news. Story after story of disrespect for authority, others, property and even themselves, run rampant! On the other hand, you can’t expect a one year old to demonstrate loyalty.
Elementary schools may have a “Character Quality of the Week” program where they hear about definitions on morning announcements and the teachers “catch” the kids exhibiting the quality throughout the week. In secondary schools, many student planners have character qualities highlighted and famous quotes given or relational questions posed. In my opinion, intentional moral training begins around age three. At this point in development, children understand right from wrong, have a budding vocabulary and want to be “just like mommy” or “just like daddy.” HOME is the starting point!
Now, how do we do it? More is caught than taught in the department of character training! Kids watch and emulate what they see their parents do. It stands to reason that the kids, with character and integrity, will rise to the top and become leaders. So, they could be called leadership qualities. Have you ever thought about using stories and people in the Bible to teach and give examples of said character qualities to your children? Never fear, Fellowship Church has and they have launched a fantastic, high-quality, streaming video website with 250 Bible lesson videos! LeadershipForKids.tv is an outstanding resource ALL parents can use! The videos are divided into two age ranges, 3-6 year olds and 6-14 year olds. You can browse the choices by character quality, quarterly series or the order the stories are found in the Bible. Additionally, each lesson has a pdf link that allows you to print out a page of interactive questions that go along with the video. What an excellent opportunity to open the discussion door with your child about the value of the leadership quality presented in the episode.
I see this site as an investment in my child’s training for life! It’s a very tangible way my home church is partnering with me to “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.” Prov. 22:6. Take two minutes to check it out and see what Pastor Mike Johnson has to say about this program. You can watch 4 sample episodes and even sign up for the 30 day free trial if you’re not quite convinced. It only costs $4 a month, and what a deal! For the cost of a sandwich which is gone in 15 minutes, your child can watch leadership training lessons every day for 30 days! Every child has the potential to be a positive leader, at any age, with the proper training and teaching. Devotions are great family time and without a doubt, scripture memory is valuable. But, I also want to leverage my children’s interest in technology to reach their hearts and shape their character. This is an excellent way to be intentional about their screen time! I pray for the same thing for my kids that you do for yours. May my good kid turn into a great leader! Anyone with me?
What character qualities are you intentional about teaching your kids? Do you agree that more is caught than taught?