Children have many developmental needs. There are few needs greater, however, than to develop strong character; to cultivate a solid set of morals and values that help them determine right from wrong and to exhibit a caring attitude toward others.
To strengthen your child’s character start by showing how their behavior affect others. Here is where conversations around the dinner table can have multiple positive outcomes. Help your child recognize themselves as a good and thoughtful person. Point it out when you catch them caring for someone or something. Praise them when you see them demonstrating positive character traits like honesty, respect, patience, and diligence.
Encouraging the development of personal faith and morality is also a must. Just remember though, these can’t simply be taught; they must be caught. And, the best way for children to catch faith and morality is for them to see it lived out in other people. So, we adults must be very careful what we say and do in front of them.