Generation Cedar

Character–it’s who a person is when no one is looking. Or when they are, take your pick. A man or woman of character will be the same in or out, exposed or hidden.

If I’ve learned anything while raising my children, I’ve learned IT’S HARD WORK! And constant work. This is not a neat little 3-point project. No m’aam! This is a day in, day out, pulling weeds, tenderly loving, gently rebuking, calmly exhorting (well, mostly calmly!) profession.

Every confrontation, every bad attitude, every failure (particularly ours!) bears the opportunity to imprint the image of Christ onto their souls…how are we doing? This is my biggest concern about so many absent parents–who is going to teach them character?

Growing children of character is much like tending a garden, or keeping a sapling upright as it grows. It’s not something we can just stop in every now and then and check on progress. It’s tedious. It’s all the time.

Browse the list below, and use it as a practical, mental “check list” as you encourage your children to be men and women of character.

49 Character Qualities

Alertness, Attentiveness, Availability, Benevolence, Boldness, Cautiousness,Compassion,

Contentment, Creativity, Decisiveness, Deference, Dependability, Determination, Diligence,

Discernment, Discretion, Endurance, Enthusiasm, Faith, Flexibility, Forgiveness, Generosity,

Gentleness, Gratefulness, Honor, Hospitality, Humility, Initiative, Joyfulness, Justice, Loyalty,

Meekness, Obedience, Orderliness, Patience, Persuasiveness, Punctuality, Resourcefulness,

Responsibility, Security, Self-Control, Sensitivity, Sincerity, Thoroughness, Thriftiness,

Tolerance, TruthfulnessVirtue, Wisdom

7 Responses

  1. That is an amazing list. Where did you get all those?

    I agree with you except I just want to point out God’s work in our children. There is work to do, don’t get me wrong! It’s just that I don’t believe my efforts alone can instill character in my kids. But through work and PRAYER, God can work in their lives in amazing ways.

    But I do agree we play a part—after all, we are the parents!

    Now, I need to post that list somewhere…and isn’t there a curriculum where you study character traits with your children? Does anyone know the name of that?

  2. Wow, that’s a great list!

    I know there is something called KONOS… I am checking into it for home-school. Anyone have any experience with it?

    Has anyone had a day with a normally HAPPY child to just be extremely grumpy all day? I am in total shock.
    He even said “you made me cry” for no reason I can think of. I actually cried it hurt my feelings so badly… in front of him which was a BIG MISTAKE… and that just tore him up. He cannot stand to see me cry but I was so hurt b/c it scared me to see him act this way. It is NOT LIKE him at all!
    He is a cheerful child who tells me he loves me 100 times a day, but he has been almost hateful to me today. I am thinking “this child is ANGRY” AND I DON’T KNOW WHY. This is not at all normal with my children. The only thing I can think of is that he had a LOT of sugary food today. Could that have done it? We have a very happy home. I can think of no reason whatsoever. I prayed with him, assured him how loved he is, and he seemed to do better after that.
    Any ideas?

  3. Yes KONOS is all divided by character traits. For instance you learn about plant growth and gardening during the patience unit, or Indians during the attentiveness unit. So basically you can see in your child a character trait that may be lacking, and then find a study to do in that unit that may teach them more about the trait they are lacking on.

    This is the list of traits they cover:
    attentiveness, obedience, orderliness, trust, patience, stewardship, honor, inquisitiveness, responsibility, love/generosity, courage, wisdom, loyalty, cooperation, determination, honesty, self-control, initiative/resourcefulness, joy/cheerfulness

    I hope that helps!

  4. I am also looking into Konos as a supplement to my 3 R’s. Thanks, Kelly, for the list. I am going to print that one out!

  5. Oh and I forgot… thanks, Jamie, for the info on Konos 🙂 It was helpful to me and I am sure anyone else looking into that curriculum.

  6. It is amazing at how the Lord weaves our lives. I just listened to ‘How to Develop Character in Your Children’ by Dr. S. M. Davis the day before you posted your title: Teaching Children Character.

    Thank you for writing as the Lord lays things on your heart. He is speaking to and confirming many things in many lives.

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