How Adults Can Guide Children to Develop Character

Character refers to the mental and moral qualities that are distinctive to a person. In my book, “Gee,” you may find that the protagonist has a distinct noble character despite his hardships.

Despite his adoptive father’s brief presence in his life, Gee often cites his influence and teachings. Making sure his words and actions match, he exemplifies what it means to be a reliable person. He also receives support from other adults in his life, like Mr. Forrester and Captain Taylor.

Having a supportive adult can be a great asset to any child’s development. Despite Gee’s predicament, his heart and character remain pure because he chose to believe in goodness. Additionally, being surrounded by adults with upstanding morals help him keep his faith. If Captain Taylor were like any morally-corrupt officer, perhaps it would be hard for Gee to find a reason to trust any adult.

How Can Adults Help Children Build Character?

Character, of course, doesn’t develop overnight. It needs to be taught, encouraged, and reviewed when necessary. Additionally, adults should also set positive examples when they want to raise upstanding children. When they put their expectations and follow their actions with their words, they earn respect from children.

Another way of helping build character is to use stories and examples. Gee’s father often cites Bible stories to him, letting him know the presence of God and what goodness is.

Last but not least is to ask situational questions. Questions like: “What would you do if you found a stranger’s wallet?” allows them an opportunity to put themselves in others’ shoes. When a child learns empathy, they start realizing that their actions have consequences. Additionally, learning empathy and being considerate of others’ feelings helps one grow maturely. Thus, ensuring a stable and more reliable person.

The Bottom Line

While we can’t all be parents, we can still find ways to help the next generation learn about morals. By setting a good example and emphasizing kindness, we can help them become better adults.

by DL Davies

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