Children and Youth are often told to behave at home and school. Wellness Virtue Aids and Character Props are creatively crafted for use in your home, school, classroom, or program.
Some children struggle socially. Characterized as unruly, defiant, difficult, unmannerly, rude, or aggressive, children suffering from a lack of virtue are simply tough to be around. They require constant redirection and support in order to complete tasks and often complain that others are to blame for their lack of work completion or success.
Children who exude virtue and character have little difficulty making friends. They are well-liked and easily accepted in most social environments and tend to easily adapt to unexpected problems or situations.
We all tend to favour children who regularly display "good" characters such as honesty, loyalty, respect, kindness, and empathy. Virtues-based educational programs aim to teach children and youth about socially acceptable ways to solve problems with one another. They are designed in part to help children learn how to get along, to solve disagreements, and to make pro-social decisions together without conflict or undue strife or fuss.
Dr. Michelle Borba's most recent publication in 2016, Unselfie: Why empathetic kids succeed in our all about me world nails the argument as tightly as possible. Building an inspiring career on building parenting models for children who bully, are bullied, or stand-up to bullies, Dr. Borba helps parents understand their role in making children accountable for their own behaviours and choices!!!
It almost goes without saying that parents are fundamental to the success of their school-aged children. All of the data in educational research shows that "parent-engagement" in schooling is the most important factor in student success.
Success at school refers to more than your child's grades; it also refers to your child's ability to get along with peers and adults. Perhaps, most importantly, student achievement refers to your child's ability to demonstrate good character, sound decision making, responsible choice-making, and compassionate support with people who are vulnerable or in need.
There has been a lot of negative news lately related to Covid19. With school closures all over the world, parents have had more time than ever to discuss and model virtuous responses to a very unique global event - one we hope never returns. This is a great time for discussions about the ways that good character pops up, almost magically, when things in the world are toughest.
In my experience as Social Worker and Psychotherapist, people described by others as having good character typically rise to the occasion to help, care, and respond in times of need. Often emerging as leaders, people with good reputations withstand the test of time mostly due to the consistently virtuous ways they respond under pressure and in the face of problems.