Young Parents Team
What is good character, and how can I foster it in my child?
We ask Timothea Tan, curriculum coordinator with Star Learners Childcare Cenre.
Good character can be described as the internalised motivation to do what’s right, regardless of the situation and cost. Honesty, respect, responsibility, compassion and courage are some traits, which must be constantly cultivated, she adds.
These activities can help to foster such development:
1. Volunteering is a two-way street that benefits those who give as well as those who receive. When your child is a volunteer, he has the opportunity to practise compassion and respect, and learn to adopt a positive attitude.
2. Encouraging others will allow him to appreciate their positive qualities rather than pick out their flaws. This brings awareness to the good character traits he needs to be a better encourager. Overall, building positive character aids in developing self-confidence, as helping others lets a child recognise his strengths and contributions.