Welcome to my character development series where I have 52 character traits we focus on throughout the year. Some of you may have figured out that 52 traits means there is one attribute to be worked on for every week of the year. Each character trait has over 7 lessons that include activities, crafts, word pictures, lessons, scripture and book ideas, which means you could be working on character daily in your family. Teaching kids how to be thoughtful is what this post is all about. I am gathering together all my ideas and lessons to make it more accessible, as well as searching the web for my ideas to share with you here.
I want to make something very clear about my character development series. We want to teach our kids to be positive contributing members of our society. We want to teach them what is good and right. Being a light to this world is important. However, I in no way want kids to think that being good is all there is to life. We will never reach their hearts if we focus too hard on reaching their actions. The truth is none of us is good enough to earn God’s approval. While these good behaviors come out of knowing God and trusting Him more, we are not trying to earn salvation. We are all sinners. The grace that God gives is that he sent his son, Jesus, into the world to die for our sins. Our kids need to understand grace and forgiveness so that their desires to have traits like “thoughtfulness” comes from a place of gratefulness rather than thinking that they need to be good for your or God’s approval.
Meaningful Mama’s Lessons on Thoughtfulness
Thoughtfulness Lessons from Around the Web
Random Acts of Kindness: Helping out a Neighbor by Encourage Play
Books that Teach Kindness, Tolerance and Compassion by Imagination Soup
Helping Kids Help Others by Forever, For Always…No Matter What
Teaching Children to Think of Others by Moments a Day
Teaching Thoughtfulness by Teaching my Blessings
Tips for Raising Thoughtful Children by Earnest Parenting
I hope you are inspired to take some time to teach thoughtfulness to your kids. My thought is, the more intentional we are about teaching character, the more our children grasp it. Of course, the best way to teach character is by modeling it. This week’s lessons really cater to that.