In my latest podcast, #12 in this series, we continue the conversation regarding building good character for our children. Much of what formulates a child’s social behavior comes from what we model for them intentionally, but some influences also happen from our unintentional behavior, so we do have to be careful with how we behave as parents and teachers in the unplanned or even stressful moments of our lives. We also need to speak with children honestly and even show our own vulnerability.
We discuss that one way to help build positive character is through quality friendships. Good friends aren’t bullies. Good friends are flexible and compromise. Good friends know how to share properly. Adults can not only notice these qualities in their children but point them out and discuss them openly with children, and that positive reinforcement builds good character. My books called SORRY and LYING and several more show examples of how to have these discussions and how to base the conversation in truth and in love.
We also want our children to be intelligent, but we want them to use their intelligence for goodness and to be positive members of society. We also don’t want to assume that children know things.. they often don’t, so don’t take anything for granted. As adults we need to mark and note things to children, and point out positive behavior.
The paperbacks and e-books in my series of socio-emotional picture books are all here on this website under the books tab, and they were all created to help busy parents have the tools and the language to support social and emotional learning at home or in schools… it’s my way of continuing to be of service in the field of education.