For Families

Good character doesn’t just happen. It is a result of parents who intentionally teach their children about character.  

What is character?

  • Moral character includes values we need to be our best self, like the Six Pillars of Character: trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring & citizenship.
  • Performance character focuses on values that help us do our best work, like diligence, imagination, work ethic, dependability, and a positive attitude.

How to teach character with T.E.A.M.:

  • Teach children that their character counts:  The Six Pillars of Character provide the vocabulary words to teach your children about character.
  • Enforce the Six Pillars of Character:  Reward good behavior (usually praise is enough) and discourage bad behavior by imposing fair and consistent consequences.
  • Advocate Character:  Continually encourage children to live up to the Six Pillars of Character.
  • Model Good Behavior:  Everything you say and do (or neglect to do) sends a message about your values. Be sure that these messages reinforce your lessons about doing the right thing, even when it is difficult. When you slip, be accountable; apologize sincerely and do better!

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