We saw several articles this month outlining a variety of ways to build character in our kids. But, what if none of our efforts seem to make any difference?
What if our kids continue being mean, in spite of our attempt to teach them compassion?
What if our kids continue to be bossy, in spite of our attempt to teach them politeness?
What if all our attempts to teach them to be responsible come up short?
As parents invested in raising kids with good character, this can be very frustrating.
But the reasons for these setbacks may actually just be us unintentionally sabotaging our character education attempts with some common mistakes.
Check below to see if any of these mistakes are holding you down:
Mistake #1: Believing how kids act on the outside mirrors who they are on the inside
A child with good character is not a child that is perfect all the time.
Successfully building character in your children will come with a lot of mistakes. Kids are learning everyday – and character building is a part of that learning process. Children’s brains are not wired to understand impulse control and selflessness from the beginning. These are actually learned traits that parents are responsible for instilling in their children.