Virtues like compassion, diligence, prudence, and hope are all things we want our kids to develop. These abstract concepts can be hard to explain them to kids. Today, we’ll look at a few key virtues and discuss practical ways to ensure your children develop them.
Jesus said, “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.” To instill compassion in your kids, try these tips:
- Volunteer your time. Volunteering at a local food bank or help elderly neighbors clean their house or mow the lawn.
- Donate old possessions. These should be gently used toys, books, or clothing.
- Visit sick or homebound individuals.
- Show kindness to homeless people. Teach kids that these people aren’t lazy; they have fallen on hard times like we all can.
Most kids don’t like working hard at homework or chores, but the rewards of diligence are fantastic. Instill diligence with these tips:
- Set an example. If you procrastinate or complain, your kids will, too.
- Make work fun. Make a game of cleaning rooms, or challenge your kids to see if they can remember more times-tables answers than they did on their last assignment.
- Praise their work with meaningful words.
Hope can be a hard one, especially in a world that seems so focused on the negative. However, you want your kids to have hope in God and their futures. Try these tips:
- Focus on the positive. Challenge kids to tell you at least one good thing each day.
- Turn off the news, especially around young kids.
- Pray often. Thank God for who He is and what He does for us.
- Read and memorize hopeful Bible verses.