Are you feeling a bit overwhelmed with your child’s attitude? Think that you might have an ungrateful child on your hands? I want to help. More and more, we see children who are disrespectful, unkind, and rude. While I would love to say that it’s all society’s fault; let’s face it- this starts at home. We, as parents, are the first teachers. That’s why I want to share advice and tips for raising kids with character. Call them morals, values, or ethics. I’m going to call them character traits.
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This had started as “how to raise kids” series. But, then it occurred to me- why stop there. Or, rather, why try to just focus on raising kids? Anyone can do that and so many have. So, instead of focusing on just raising kids (which I touch upon in my parenting advice and tips for modern day parents); I wanted to focus on something else.
How to Raise Kids with Character
Becoming a parent, especially for the first time, is an exciting but scary experience.
You’ll be entering a whole new world where different rules apply, and no matter how prepared you think you are, there’s usually little you’ve experienced before which you can draw on when making the choices and snap decisions that will become a major part of your life once the little one arrives.
It’s for this reason that there’s an abundance of parenting advice available which you can use to inform your decisions.
There’s also a matter of finding a parenting style that works for you and your values.
- Positive Parenting
- Ethical Parenting
- Disciplinary Parenting (Positive Discipline)
- Compassionate Parenting
There are print magazines packed with useful advice, web sites (like mine!) with tons of articles to peruse, not to mention the well meaning but sometimes irritating advice and opinions of family and friends.
Despite all this information being available, most parents are terrified that they’re somehow not up to the job and will do it wrong, and herein lies the most common parenting mistake of all: not trusting in your own judgment and instincts.
So how do you go about raising kids with character?
First, you need to figure out your own values and beliefs. This, of course, goes beyond your religion but many often use their religion as the base for their guiding principles.
For example, something like the Beatitudes in the New Testament might serve as a good base for Christian parents.
Positive Character Traits for Long Term Success
- How to Raise Kids Who are Responsible
- How to Raise Responsible Kids by Giving them Chores
- How to Teach Values to Kids
- How Printable Kindness Cards Can Teach Kids Values
- How to Teach Manners with Printable Manners Cards
- How to Teach Tolerance to Kids
- How to Raise Grateful Kids in an Entitled World
- How to Teach Patience to Kids
- How to Teach Time Management to Kids
- 7 Easy Ways to Teach Gratitude to Kids
- Teaching Your Kids to Appreciate What They Have
- 3 Simple Ways to Help Your Kids Overcome the Entitlement Mentality
I will continue to add to this list as more articles are published.
I hope that this will be of use to you in your parenting journey. And also remember this: Not one of us has all the answers, we all need input from others in all kinds of situations.
Trust in your own capabilities as a parent above all else, and trust in your own ability to make the best of all the advice and support that’s out there. That way you’ll definitely be the best parent your child could ever have.
As human beings, we’re all parenting specialists.
In evolutionary and genetic terms, our whole existence is geared towards producing and nurturing offspring, and over the millions of years that the human species has been developing we’ve become generally incredibly good at it.
However intimidating the prospect is of having ultimate responsibility for the nurture of a new and precious life, you should be in no doubt that you have exactly the skills and capabilities you’ll need over the coming years.