Building Character Article Archive
- Dating in Middle School: Is It Worth the Risk?Dating is a part of growing up, but middle school dating can be risky. Here's what parents need to know to help their kids make the right decisions.
- When Is It OK To Fail?The natural instinct is to jump in and help your child with a problem. But often, it pays to hang back.
- How Can Parents Help Their Teens Deal With Prejudice?Many teens are exposed to prejudice when they enter middle or high school.
- Teach Your Preteen To Value Compassion Over PopularityBeing popular might be more important to your child than you think.
- Let Conscience Guide Your Child When Making DecisionsPeople of good character are usually aware of their conscience, and act on it.
- Make Sure You Set a Good Example Against Peer PressureMiddle schoolers are known for “going with the crowd." Even when doing so goes against their parents’ rules and values.
- Schools Rely on Parents to Build Their Children’s CharacterHow to build character in your child.
- Tell Adolescent Girls They Don’t Have To Be PerfectBy the time they reach middle school, many girls have received a harmful message about a need for perfection.
- Stress Kindness, Courtesy & Other Positive ValuesIf your child shows upright character, she helps to make her school a better place to learn.
- Understanding the Value of Things Teaches AppreciationAppreciation is a quality that must be nurtured in children.
- Successful Parents Know Three Ways to Build CharacterTips for making the job of parenting a teen easier.
- Instill the Character Traits Your Family Values in Your TeenAs a parent, you choose the values you instill in your teen.
- Manners Are a Key to All Children’s School SuccessChildren’s success in school and later in life may well hinge on how they are able to interact with others.
- Attendance, Attitude, Achievement Key to School SuccessWhether or not your child earns straight A’s, he can be a winner if he masters these three A’s.
- Homework Helps Develop Important ValuesTeachers assign homework because they know it helps children improve their academic skills. But homework can also help students develop values that they'll need in later life.
- Help Your Child Be a Good Sport and Develop CharacterNot long ago, sports and sportsmanship went hand in hand.
- Teach Empathy To Eliminate Name-Calling“Nerd.” “Sissy.” “Fatso.” “Geek.” Kids have called each other names for centuries. They put someone down in front of a crowd to look cool to onlookers.
- Take Action To Help Your Child Be a Good CompetitorHow to tell if your child is too competitive.
- Teach Your Child the Value Of Hard Work, PerseveranceHelp your child learn to work hard and persevere.
- Make Resolutions To Bring Out the Best in Your ChildResolutions that are virtually guaranteed to evoke better behavior from your child.
Respect for the Environment
- Geocaching 101: Family Fun for All, in Every SeasonHow about taking the whole family on a scavenger hunt, except one that’s held outdoors and uses high-tech navigation? Learn about this latest outdoor craze that even little ones can enjoy.
- Outdoor Winter Activities To Enjoy With Your KidsIt may be snowy and chilly in most parts of the country during wintertime, but that’s no reason for you and your child to remain indoors.
- Teach Responsibility as You Care for the EnvironmentHelp your child become a good eco-citizen.
- Make a Birdhouse Using Recycled Milk JugsHere’s a fun activity that teaches children about nature.
- Teach Children About RecyclingMost children are interested in the environment.
- Outdoor Activities Teach Children To Appreciate the EnvironmentApril is a natural time to explore outdoors with your child.
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