I giddily look forward to the first Wednesday of each month, because I have the privilege of sharing life with a group of amazing women. Recently, we have been reading through Love As a Way of Life by Gary Chapman. Essentially, this book has taken us through seven character traits including: Kindness, patience, forgiveness, honor, humility, generosity, and honesty. When these character traits are put into action, it naturally demonstrates authentic love. This is something that everyone can benefit from.
Character training starts at home and should begin early.
One of the best ways to teach character is to surround your children with good literature. Simply put, read to your kids. When you read to your children, it opens the door for conversations to ensue. Stories have the ability to teach, motive, and inspire our children to dream bigger.
There are so many wonderful books that can help teach our children about love, honor, respect, fairness, caring and responsibility. Below is a resource, that I compiled, to help you discover some great websites and books.
TEACHING CHARACTER Through Books
Character is the inward values that determine outward actions; the mental model used for making decisions; the moral compass that guides your choices; who we are when no one else is watching.
|Below are numerous resources regarding character that has somehow benefited my family and me. Please know that while I have enjoyed these resources I do not necessarily agree with ALL content presented. While some authors may be extremely conservative or liberal, I read seeking what I feel the Holy Spirit has convicted me to implement for the Werner family and I trust you will do the same.|
|Character First||This is one of my family’s favorite resources especially as my girls began school. I continue to use the character booklets.|
|Character in Action||I have not personally used this website but I did look it over and it has great content.|
|Family Ministries by Reb Bradley||You will find many available products so I have listed below the resources that have personally benefited me.
|Family Life Today||Encouragement and practical help for you personally, for your marriage, and raising your parenting. So many great articles and resources.|
|Focus on the Family||
|Institute in Basic Life Principles|
|Lamplighter Publishing||The mission of Lamplighter Ministries is “to make ready a people prepared for the Lord, by building Christ-like character one story at a time.” This is a wonderful resource for parents on Character Development born out of 25 years of research and personal experience. They carry many old and rare books highlighting various character traits.|
|Whole Heart Ministries Clay and Sally Clarkson||I am bias as I adore this ministry given Sally has been my mentor from afar since 1997. Five years ago she became my real life friend ;-) My husband and I serve on the board of WHM and recommend all of their resources Whole Heartily.
|CBDAmazon||Other Misc. books and resource titles I’ve enjoyed. I usually shop at CBD, Amazon, and Half Price Books. Keep a list of resources you desire as you can find really good deals at Goodwill, yard sales, home school used book sales, etc…
Using Biographies and books about Christian hero’s to teach Character.
Please share books and resources that your family has found helpful. If you would like a PDF of the recommended resources leave me your email and I will send it to you.