Developing Character in Children

When my kids were little, I didn’t do anything intentional for developing character in children.  It just kind of happened along the way. As they grew older, I relied on the influence of church and Christian schooling to help mold their characters.

It wasn’t like I didn’t care. I didn’t know how.

This fall, as we began our homeschooling journey, the idea of character education threatened to overwhelm me. I felt a huge burden to be intentional in developing good character traits and habits in my sons. I did a ton of reading and researching and praying on the subject. At the end of that obsession, I’m happy to say I found answers.

What I learned about character education applies to everyone. Not just homeschoolers. Not just moms with young kids. Not just kids. It applies to everyone.  Even me.

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C is for Character

Character is generally defined as

the mental and moral qualities distinctive to an individual.

Beyond that, character is generally thought of as “doing the right thing even when no one else is looking.”  Without really intending to, many of us have generalized that character is something we develop when bad things happen in our lives. Or we think of it as part of a long list of things we need to teach our children.

Character is so much more than that.

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The Journey to Thanksgiving (part3)

I’ve been on this multi-day journey to Thanksgiving. It started when I asked a group of bloggers to share their best post on thankfulness.

In a season of hectic cooking and cleaning, I was hoping for a little breath of fresh air.  What I got was a hurricane.  It’s absolutely changed my heart and renewed my soul.

After the first two days, I wasn’t quite sure what God had in store for me. (You may not believe it, but I’ve listed the blogs in the EXACT order that they were given to me.) 

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The Journey to Thanksgiving (part2)

It started when I asked other bloggers to share their own Thanksgiving stories. It became a journey of gratitude and transformation.

I only made it through five posts yesterday, but those posts changed my heart.

I have to admit that I approached the remaining list of posts shared by fellow bloggers with a mixture of fear, expectation, and awe.

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The Journey to Thanksgiving (part 1)

I wanted to do something a little different for Thanksgiving this year.  I asked a blogging group to share their favorite posts on the subject.

From the very first post that was shared, I knew it was going to be amazing journey of thankfulness, conviction, and heart change.

Exactly what I needed in the frantic cook-and-clean marathon leading up to Thanksgiving Day.

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Being Thankful at Thanksgiving

Yes, I know we are all supposed to be thankful at Thanksgiving. But I’ll be honest. Many years I’m so full of stress, so overwhelmed, and so frazzled that by the time the turkey is carved the very last thing I feel is thankful.

(I still say it’s my favorite holiday. Even if it does stress me out.)

This year, as I begin to finalize our plans for Thanksgiving week, I’m profoundly thankful.  I’m hoping it will stick.

I’m hostessing in-laws and strange dogs.  I’m driving six hours (round trip) to enable family to be at my house. I’m cooking for severe allergies. At first glance, you may think I need to be checked into the crazy farm. But… hear me out.

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A Return to Thankful Thoughts

Way back when, I had a habit of posting Thankful Thoughts each Sunday on the blog.

The original idea was to write those posts in advance and then take Sunday off.  The reality was that the posts were frequently written late on Saturday night or right after church on Sunday’s. They were written under pressure and felt like a disruption. As you can imagine, it was a struggle to find much to be authentically thankful about under those circumstances.

When I dropped the feature, I honestly heaved a big sigh of relief.  That was over a year ago.  [Read more…]

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Just… Thoughts

I’m writing to you this morning on my iPhone.

I’m in the lobby of my hotel, waiting to ride home with a group of ladies. Probably not the best setting for blogging… But I’ll give it a try. [Read more…]

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Thankful Thoughts – Friendship

I’ve spent some time this afternoon having some thankful thoughts about friendship.

(ok, first i spent some time napping. then pinteresting, THEN thinking.)

It started as we walked into church (late) today.  Someone was sharing scripture.   Psalm 139 to be exact. [Read more…]

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An unexpected blessing

Did you ever have a chore that turned out to be an unexpected blessing?

I love it when that happens.

I don’t know why, but it just seems like a gift from God – one that’s all gift wrapped in a pretty package and just waiting for me to open it up.  That’s particularly true when it’s a chore I’ve been procrastinating.

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