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My, what great character you have!

posted: 09/09/09
by: Michelle Duggar
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9.8.09

Everyone loves a compliment. We all need to hear praise at some point, and it's truly beneficial for the children. We've learned that children thrive on praise and recognition for a job well done.

In our home, we use Character Qualities to motivate our children, instead of simply flattering them. We'll notice if they show initiative, or demonstrate diligence. By acknowledging these qualities, we're encouraging them to be more responsible, or diligent, or show initiative.

Every quality is something we hope the children display: reverence, sincerity, obedience and truthfulness. There are 49 such qualities.

Our local schools also use a character quality program. I've seen them display one quality a week or month, and they focus on that one idea. In our home, we focus on one quality per month, and we talk about how we can demonstrate this to others. The children memorize the ideas, and we talk about why that quality is valuable to others. We use scripture references to reinforce the message.

These character qualities aren't something new. Josh learned these qualities when he was a small child, and now he's going to be a father. All of these qualities helped him become the man he is today, and that's a good thing.

Read more: Michelle discusses her approach to home schooling!

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