teaching character

Teaching Character Recap: Why Is it Important?

April 26, 2021

One of my favorite quotes from Pulp Fiction is when The Wolf says: just because you are a character doesn’t mean you have character. Sometimes I think I’m raising children who are characters. I mean, what with all the crying and hurling onto the floor. Granted, I’ve got preschool age children, so a bit of [...]

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Teaching Character: Bravery

April 18, 2021

If you could look up bravery in the dictionary (OK, you can actually do this, but let’s pretend) you’d see a photo of a newborn baby with the words ’nuff said underneath. Babies are among the most brave souls on this planet! “Someone turn down those lights!” only you can’t say that just yet so [...]

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Teaching Character: Open Mindedness

April 11, 2021

At a parent’s night at my daughter’s preschool, a number of us were talking and the idea of a biography class came up. Biography not for writing books. Biography for looking at one’s own past. As in, arm chair psychology, kind of. Or crazy train. That, too. This being California, a circle of us moms [...]

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Teaching Character: Curiosity

April 4, 2021

Curiosity (and fear of Russia) got us to the moon. Curiosity gave us oysters - imagine being the first guy to think, hmmm, what if I crack open this wavy rock and slurp up whatever slimy nugget is inside? Did you know that the entire reason James Cameron made Titanic wasn’t because he wanted to [...]

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Teaching Character: Creativity

March 28, 2021

I was born to the MacGyver of the art world. Send my mother out with 2 toothpicks, a jar of glue and a paintbrush and she will make the equivalent of Walmart to hang on your wall. She will have enlisted caterpillars to spin silk and then weave it into canvas. She will have crushed [...]

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Teaching Character: Patience

March 21, 2021

As my mom told me just today on the phone, I’m not blessed with patience. It’s true, I’m not, but I aspire to have patience. I know it’s on the shelf in front of me and all I need do is pluck it off and put it in my pocket. Somehow I can’t yet reach [...]

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Teaching Character: Humor

March 14, 2021

When Tina Fey accepted the Mark Twain prize for American humor, she acknowledged that funny people often come from a difficult childhood or troubled family. Then she promptly looked up to her parents in the audience and said, “They are giving me the Mark Twain prize for American humor…what did you animals do to me?” [...]

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Teaching Character: Hope

March 7, 2021

I think I can. I think I can. I think I can. You know that little voice, don’t you? That little engine who could - she’s a great teacher of hope. A looming mountain stretched out before her. Her little engine working and working toward making it to the top. She might break down [gasp]. [...]

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Teaching Character: Love

February 29, 2021

Thank you Beatles! All you need is LOVE! This one’s easy. Parents, we do this all the time. Inadvertently. Consistently. Unconditionally. Even when we think are aren’t showing it, love pours out of us. Our children know we love them. We can’t help ourselves. So, when it comes to modeling behavior, we’ve got this. But [...]

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Teaching Character: Gratitude

February 21, 2021

Gratitude is the new attitude! This one’s easy: say thank you. OK, it’s not that easy; just saying please and thank you isn’t going to magically teach your child to be grateful. But it will go a long way in showing what gratitude looks and sounds like. Children have an innate awareness of the ‘good [...]

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Teaching Your Child Character: Self Control

February 14, 2021

I have honestly no idea how to do this. I lack a certain amount self control Oh, I’m getting better, I suppose. But this is one I struggle with. Maybe you can relate? So I embark on this character trait as a exploratory journey. Can I teach my children something that I, myself, need to [...]

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Teaching Your Kids Character: Social Intelligence

February 7, 2021

In some, this character trait is as innate as yawning. It doesn’t need to be taught because it just is. My younger daughter is like this. She has this ability to intuit just what you need, just when you need it. It’s remarkable and I am utterly in love with her for it. I don’t [...]

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Teaching Your Child Character: Grit

January 31, 2021

Oh, if only my Dad were alive to read this. Seriously. If he had one refrain to capture my teenage-hood it would be “finish what you started,” sung in a Metallica pounding anthem way and decidedly not a Broadway play, uplifting way. Finish what you started Finish what you started Finish what you started And [...]

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