a pattern of thought or behavior that signifies good, moral character
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I grew up in a German household where working hard without complaining was a huge value we learned. When I complained about having to do a task, my mom used to say to me, “Kopf Hoch,” which is basically German for “Keep your head up.”
Everyone has heard of virtues and most of us have some understanding of what virtues are. It’s easy to see the value in improving how we live in virtue, the problem is it can be hard to know where to start.
It’s not long before our houses are filled with caped heroes and accomplished princesses eager to vanquish their foe and save the day. While all this pretend play helps internalize social justice and emphasize fairness, it often lacks a key component of justice: compassion.
This parody from "The Greatest Showman" shares an experience every family can relate to!
A quick look around our world’s political and civil unrest shows me that I’m not the only one that could use a refresher course on what it means to truly live justly.
Is it possible that this virtue of nobility that strikes us at the very core of our identity can, at times, become our greatest vice?
One of the most common themes in our culture right now is the need to be right...We must ask ourselves: is winning arguments the key to our happiness?
I realized more than a perfect house or a return to their schedule, my children needed a mother.
The idea of marriage is beautiful. It’s romantic, and sweet, and loving, and so appealing that most of us eventually find ourselves in it. And then reality hits, and we discover that marriage is actually a lot of hard work...
I was expected to lead—to show composure in the face of danger and stress as well as have all the answers for those looking to me for guidance. Little did I know how well being a Surface Warfare Officer would prepare me for parenting...
HERE IS WHAT OUR PARENTS HAVE TO SAY...
"It’s actually been really fun applying the principles in the development of our children’s character, and it’s rewarding to see our kid’s behavior reflect the effort that we have put forth. It sounds so simple, but virtue is simply about doing for someone else; it’s about the other.”
Lexie & Andrew Cole
"Prior to starting the program, we desired to have a virtuous family—who doesn’t? But, we lacked a strategy on how to actually teach 'character.' We have been so impressed by the program’s ability to walk families through the virtues. This program helps the family realize that none of us are perfect. Our goal is not to become perfect, we’re to become the best version of ourselves."
Mercy & Sergio Gutierrez
“As parents, we would do anything for our kids, but when it comes down to it, we are not really being intentional at all. Families of Character changed that for our family.”