Teaching Character Traits for Kids: Tips & Activities

Teaching Your Children About Character Traits

Character traits are defined as values a person believes in and reflects in his personality. These character traits determine the person’s actions, behaviors, and decisions in everyday life. A child needs to develop positive traits from an early age. Parents want the best for their kids. But you really want your child to succeed in life, you should invest your time nurturing the best character traits in your child. Developing character traits in children at a young age is crucial because kids are quick learners. The values they learn at an early age will stay with them and continue to help them for the rest of their lives.

What Are the Basic Character Traits That a Child Should Possess?

Developing positive traits is arguably as important as academic learning for a child’s all-round education. The character traits will help the child become successful in every aspect of his life. Many of these traits will serve them later in their life in achieving both personal and professional growth. Here is a list of character traits a child needs to develop from an early age:

1. Curiosity

Curiosity has been the underlying cause of many successful discoveries and inventions. The nature to seek answers makes things interesting and results in active thinking. It is thus important to keep your kid’s curiosity alive. You can encourage this by teaching them new things and taking them to new places and asking them questions.

2. Resilience

Parents often try to shield their kids from stress and pain, but it is important for kids to be resilient to be able to deal with pain and traumas. The children should know how to deal with difficulties rather than running away from them.

3. Creativity

In addition to the academic curriculum, children should be encouraged to take time for creative activities like photography, music, dance, pottery, etc. This will not only help your child develop communication skills but also their problem-solving ability.

4. Empathy

It is the duty of parents to inculcate a natural sense of empathy in the child and to stress the importance of caring for others. This will not only be good for the community but also help the child develop emotional intelligence.

5. Confidence

How a child feels about himself will have an impact on how he acts. Positive self-esteem has a strong impact on behaviour and happiness. It is imperative for parents to praise their child realistically and reward positive behaviours as focusing only on behaviour will lower their confidence.

6. Patience

In today’s fast-paced world, children often lack patience as a character trait. The ability to delay gratification and wait for the right time is a quality every child should have.

7. Honesty

­­­Teaching your child, to be honest, and truthful to self and to others even in the most difficult situations is what makes them a reliable individual. Dishonesty comes from the fear of consequences and children should learn to face the results of their actions.

8. Courage

Being courageous is being brave about something you fear. Children should be able to come out of their comfort zones and have the courage to do something they are afraid of.

9. Adaptability

Rigidity often comes in the way of growth and progress. An adaptable child can easily adjust to changes and new situations. Children with high adaptability are often flexible and team players.

10. Optimism

Optimism focuses on developing a positive attitude in the face of a difficult situation and goes a long way in taking a person to their success. Optimistic children are willing to face challenges, create strong relationships and take failure as a learning opportunity.

11. Gratitude

Nurturing gratitude in children will help them live happy and fulfilling lives. Teaching children, the virtue of gratitude also increases their creativity and productivity and is a key to be happy and thankful.

12. Proactive

Proactive children recognize and do what needs to be done before they are even asked to do.  Helping children master this trait will help them set goals, take initiative, and inculcate leadership skills.

13. Serenity

Teaching your child to remain calm under pressure and in tough situations is extremely important. This helps children act strongly and calmly during challenges and prevent them from taking impulsive actions.

14. Respect

To be respectful is being considerate and honour the feelings and opinions of others or disagreeing with someone without talking them down. Children learn respect from how their parents treat them and others and learn to respect themselves and those around them.

15. Endurance

Children need to have endurance in today’s competitive world. It is important for children to have the inner strength to withstand pressure and perform their best. Endurance as a trait helps children face competitive pressure without losing their balance.

How to Teach Character Traits to Kids

How to Teach Character Traits to Kids

Developing positive character traits in children is important for their overall growth and success. If parents want their child to grow up with good values and character traits, it is upon them to instil these traits in their child. Teaching these traits may be difficult but with the right approach, children will develop the traits and continue to learn more.

Become a Role Model Yourself

The best way to teach your child is by setting good examples yourself. So, parents should try to be:

1. Confident 

Try to be confident in your actions as well as those of your kids.

2. Forgiving

Always forgive the offenders and preach kindness.

3. Encouraging

Try to speak uplifting words that encourage others and your child too.

4. Honesty

Stay truthful and set examples by eliminating lies from your life. Even a white lie is unwelcomed.

Set Positive Examples

You can set positive examples to teach your child how to behave in a certain situation.

1. If your child lies, explain how this affects him and encourage him to tell the truth.

2. When your child steals, explain to him that this is not the right way to get something and help him return the item back to its owner.

3. if you see your child disrespecting others, explain to him that he can disagree with someone politely. Your child should understand that being rude or disrespecting others is not a way to show dissent.

Tell Stories

1. Share experiences from your childhood about different character traits and how to develop them.

2. Share some stories where you made mistakes and the consequences of it or how you corrected your fault.

3. Choose bedtime stories with morals and let your child learn while having fun.

Character Building Activities for Kids

Teaching children values is one of the most important duties as a parent. Here we have some character-building activities that you can do with them to teach them empathy, kindness, honesty, and respect.

1. Treating Others With Kindness

You can teach compassion to your child by showing kindness to others and by treating others with respect.

2. Learn From Past Experiences

Try this character-building activity by sharing some personal stories with your child and help them draw morals and conclusions from those stories.

3. Expose Your Child to the Outside World

Expose your child to other ways of life by taking him to tour libraries and museums to explore cultural materials and expand his horizon.

4. Words Power

You can try making a painting or collage about a single trait with images that depicts what the trait signifies. You can also try story writing to relate to different character traits that your child understands.

5. Character Journaling

You can keep a track of your experiences and the activities you tried in a character-building journal. A journal may help your child to reflect on the traits he learns or to examine situations where he may have acted out.

What Are Some Negative Character Traits?

These are some negative character traits kindergarten children should not develop:

  • Arrogance
  • Short temper
  • Careless
  • Dishonest
  • Mean
  • Materialistic
  • Obsessive
  • Prejudice
  • Rude
  • Stubborn
  • Ungrateful

It is imperative in today’s world that parents develop positive character traits in children to help them grow in every aspect of their life. Developing these traits is equally important as performing well academically. Parents should therefore teach lessons of values and morality at home for the overall development of their children.

Also Read:

How to Teach Discipline to Your Kid
How to Make Children Listen to You
Positive Discipline Techniques

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