Building Character in Your Child

6:00 AM
Before becoming a mom, I wasn't sure that I would be such a great mother. I had no idea what I would actually teach my child or how. I was scared because I wanted to be a good example to my kids of the perfect christian and I wasn't sure that I fit that description.

And I don't.

There is no such thing as the perfect christian. But there is such a thing as dedicating your life to live more and more like Christ everyday. And when you seek to live more and more like Christ, you learn your position and significance as a mother, even if you're not a perfect one. Every since then, I have studied on motherhood with the best book yet. The Holy Bible. This book as taught me some great things but something I will never forget is a devotional I did about building Character in your children. For 14 days, I learned a new character trait that I should be instilling in my kids and I want to share those with you today. Here they are!

  • Integrity
  • Courage
  • Compassion
  • Generosity
  • Resourcefulness
  • Personal Responsibility
  • Respect
  • Tenacity
  • Discernment
  • Purity
  • Humility
  • Servanthood
  • Forgiveness
  • Gratitude


These are all great character traits for your kids to learn, but I want to focus on just 3 of these that really stuck out to me the most. Compassion. Generosity. Gratitude.




COMPASSION
"We all want to raise kids who are overflowing with compassion for the weak, the lowly, the suffering. Some kids seem to have it naturally. But even if compassion isn't a nature gift, it is something that can be developed by learning to identify someone's emotional or physical needs and how to appropriately meet them. Here are a few ways to develop compassion in your children:

  1. Serve each other. Family should bee our first ministry. The compassion we have for others should be practiced in the home, as well. 
  2. Serve outside the home. Remember, you are setting the standard by which your children are learning compassion, so you must get involved in service, as well. 
  3. Practice compassion as a daily habit. What does compassion look like in the the day to day? Sometimes it looks like forgiveness. It might look like kindness when someone is unlovable. Or maybe it is inviting a new family at church over to dinner."
The Lord is like a father to his children, tender and compassionate to those who fear him. - Psalms 103: 13

GENEROSITY
"Most Americans won't consider themselves wealthy. But even the poorest person in the U.S. is wealthier than 99 percent of the world. When God sees the poor in America, He sees rich people, and He has given us responsibilities. Here are some things parents can do to foster generosity:

  1. Be a model of generosity. Give to the homeless. Contribute to natural disaster funds. Put extra in the offering plate. 
  2. Encourage your children to be generous with each other. Teach them, for example, to share their toys-that's the lesson you'll need to emphasize over and over.
  3. Encourage kids to give away their own toys and clothing. Each year, go through their toys and say, Lets give away 5 toys that you don't use anymore (and maybe it's more than five). Remove all clothing that is too small. Then brainstorm organizations that need your items.
  4. Encourage Sunday school offering. Have them tithe their allowance, or provide money. It makes a big impression that you would offer your hard-earned money to give away.
  5. Praise generosity when you see or experience it. Write thank you notes for money given by grandparents and gifts from friends. Point out times when friends gave clothes and other household items to you. And be sure to praise your kids when they are generous."
You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don't give reluctantly or in response to pressure. For God loves a person who gives cheerfully. - 2 Corinthians 9:7

GRATITUDE
"Share with them what you yourself thanked God for today. Tell them how grateful you are that God placed the blessings and the struggles in your life. Be an example of true gratitude to your children by taking off a heart of complaint and putting on a heart of praise. Your children will that Christian thanksgiving isn't just a bunch of words. It's a condition of the heart."
Let us come to him with thanksgiving. Let us sing psalms of praise to Him. - Psalms 95:2

To read more of this devotional, go to www.youversion.com and find the Building Character in Your Child reading plan. You wont regret it!


Do you have suggestions on character traits that you think we should be building in our kids that was not on this list? Please share it below!



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