The 8 Critical Characteristics Your Kids Need To Have

By on September 1, 2014

Do you want your child to grow up as a well-balanced individual?

Children will grow up having their own traits and personalities making them unique individuals. They will learn a lot of things along the way. They will pursue different hobbies, favor several subjects and nurture their own habits. However, given these differences, they also should learn core values and characteristics that would help them cope in the real world and make them better individuals.

Here are the critical characteristics that your child needs to learn.

1. Respect

Isn’t it nice to see your child being respectful to adults as well as his peers? It feels great when you see your child greeting guests, waiting for his turn in line and being thoughtful of others.

You can teach respectfulness to your child by treating him respectfully. You should set the example by giving your child the same respect you would give to anyone else, whether it is at home or at work. As children grow, they will emulate the traits of their parents. Children will treat others the way their parents treat them. Your relationship with your child is the foundation for their relationships with others.

2. Honesty

Cliche as it may sound, I still believe that honesty is the best policy.

With honesty comes trust. Trust is the foundation of any relationship. Since the beginning of a child’s life, he learns to trust his parents. As he grows, we as adults should nurture that trust.

We should teach our children that although they make mistakes, as long as they are honest with us, we will be able to acknowledge this.

3. Kindness

Also a cliche perhaps but kindness is the beginning of good character.

Imagine the world full of people with care and concern for others. We will not have problems like war and hunger.

I know that you and I want that for your kid.

Teach your child to show kindness to others. A little concern for friends and family will go a long way. It’s so heartwarming when my students show their kindness to me by voluntarily helping me erase the board, assisting me with my visual aids and carrying my things to the classroom. Let us start with our kids.

4. Determination

As young as they are, children can be taught determination at an early age.

To start off, set a reasonable goal for the child to achieve that they want intensely. A picture to be colored perhaps. Or a clay molded to his favorite animal. Whatever it is, let him work conscientiously on his own to achieve that goal.

Let us teach our kids that goals are important for personal confidence.

5. Street Smarts

Looking both ways while crossing a street. Tying one’s shoelaces. Valuing money. Not talking to strangers. Calling 911.

These are just some of the street smart skills that we need to teach our children. These skills will teach kids how to trust their intuition. We want them to learn what to do in situations that they need to take action.

6. Dependability

This begins by understanding that others rely on them to do what they say they will do. This means they must act to be sure every commitment is met on time and in the most complete manner possible. By being a dependable parent and following through on promises and commitments, our kids will learn to do the same.

7. Grit

Telling your child to keep trying will surely pay off in the future. One study … your child to push on. Give encouragement when he fails.

8. Love

Studies have shown that it is not possible to spoil a child with love. What we often think of as the product of spoiling a child is never the result of showing a child too much love. It is usually the consequence of giving a child material things in place of love. The beautiful thing about love is you can never give or accept too much!

About Lance Miller

I am an educator by heart and a digital marketer by profession. I teach kids how to read and how to do maths. I search the web for different creative ideas to help parents teach their children.