teaching character

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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Teaching Your Child Character: Zest

January 25, 2021

Character teaching time. Today it’s all about zest! Zeal! Joie de vivre! OK, enough with the (!) exclamation points! Let me back up and say this is all based on a character report card developed by KIPP’s and Riverdale Country School in New York City that I learned about from the New York Times. A [...]

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