For the Month of October, we will be focusing on the character trait of Humility:
Knowing, accepting and being who we are while demonstrating modesty about our accomplishments and gifts, admitting mistakes and valuing others for who they are and for their input.
There’s a lot packed into the definition of humility, and like all character traits, it is best taught to our kids by example. Do they see us showing modesty about our accomplishments, and valuing others? Talk about the difference between taking pleasure in our achievements and being prideful about them. Do we admit our mistakes in front of our children? This can be especially hard to do at times, but there’s no better way for kids to learn how to graciously admit when they are wrong.
We can also look for examples of humility displayed in the literature we’re reading together. Did Jim Hawkins or any of the other characters from Treasure Island demonstrate humility? What about arrogance? Talking about the opposite of humility and where that leads is another way to go about it. Ask you kids what they think, and watch for it as you read with your children this month.
Humility can be a tough one, so let’s look for ways to admit mistakes and cheer each other on. We would love to hear your comments about how to help model and teach humility at home.
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