Is Character Important?

Parenting is a tough job and if anybody tries to tell you it's a piece of cake….they aren't being truthful.  Maybe you've heard others say something along the lines of THERE ARE NO INSTRUCTION MANUALS when it comes to raising kids. 

As a Christian, I think scripture can be a great source of instructions for all aspects of life especially parenting.

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I had no idea just how much work it would be to raise my own kids.  I was one of those people who dreamt of being a mom.  All through my teens, I knew the main thing I wanted to do….was be a mom.  But, I wanted to be a GOOD ONE!

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I'm sure I'm not the only one to think……I am totally blowing this MOM thing!  I've talked to way too many other mom's who've said the same thing and really believed it.  It is hard to do EVERYTHING right.

So, what do you believe is the most important thing to teach our kids?

Behind loving Christ,  CHARACTER is at the top of the list for me.    I think a person's character and integrity follow them for the rest of their life.  If you are lacking in either of those attributes….you are not living your best life and are not able to give your best to the world.

But…is that a parents job?

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I believe so.

I've thought about this topic a long time.  I mean, I'm a mom who wants her kids to be their very best.  However, when I'm not around…..they are free to do whatever they want and I can't stop it.  My prayer?  Is that they are choosing the light and fleeing from the darkness of this world.  That is a sign of good character.


How do we teach character?

1.  Be a person of integrity.  Not only in front of other's but in front of your kids.  Trust me, you can fool a lot of people…..but your kids, never.

2.  Teach character everyday.  Openly discuss what it takes to be a person of integrity.  Use what is going on around them at school and in the world.

3.  Be who you say you are.  Character is who you REALLY are and your reputation is who others think you are.  Your kids notice the difference.

4.  Recognize that what you say and do counts in the life of your kids.  They will choose based on what they see you choose.

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Tell me, what DO YOU believe is the most important thing to teach your kids?

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