The wind howled. Hail poured down. It was the first big storm this fall and the kids and I were happily cooking and laughing together. Then, we spotted him: the neighbor’s gardener fighting the storm in attempts to finish his work. Immediately our heart felt for the man who persevered despite the hail's assault. My two year old suggested we help the man. But what could we do?
That experience changed my life. This event changed the way I viewed those who had less than we did; it changed the gratitude I had as a child for the things I had been given and most importantly it taught me to always put others’ needs before my own.
How can we make small choices each day that will benefit the greater good of others now and in the future? Here are 10 examples that might help to get started.
Whenever something unpleasant wrecks our perfect plans, we see it as pure injustice—even when there is literally nothing anyone could have done to prevent it from happening. It’s especially hard, too, when it involves the bigger life things like marriage, fertility, getting out of large debt, a hard past, or uncontrollable family drama.
As the tantrums continued in full swing over the next week, I sought ways of practicing impulse control. How could I teach my sweet two-year-old to communicate without screams and to handle disappointment in a way that honors those around him?
Without my family and their virtuous example I wouldn’t be where I am today. I have my family to thank for giving me a second chance and for giving me hope.
With all the hustle and bustle, we forget to live in and enjoy the present moment, the only moment available to us.
Too often we try to change our lives by changing our feelings. Am I right? We want to give up and quit on relationships, jobs, or living situations when things start to feel messy and unpleasant.
Before getting engaged my husband and I talked about possible relationship issues. The first couple years of marriage were easy…Then our babies were born and with them came the shocking reality of conflict. Passionate, seemingly unresolvable conflict.
it isn’t the people who try and fail who are unsuccessful; it’s the ones who never make a decision. We can all learn from failure, but those who never make a decision don’t move forward.
A few months back I asked my parents a “what if” question. If they could go back and change anything about how they parented me as well as my siblings, what would they change? One of the answers surprised me.
“Who the heck is he to criticize, complain or try to tell me what or how to do something?” That's where it starts and we forget the above definition of Respect, it flies out the window.
It’s never too early to get your kids used to setting goals for themselves!
Her words were the inspirational soundtrack playing throughout his life. And the songs she sang were those of great respect, admiration and gratefulness.
The purpose of school is to supplement the development of our children to become independent, responsible, caring and good adults. This is a good time as parents to set a goal of what character you want your children to learn and develop over this next school year.
We can all be advocates for change by treating others with the dignity and respect that they are inherently entitled to. Here are a few ideas to help teach your children learn about Human Dignity.
This upcoming transition to a new school year is an opportunity for reflection and perhaps the chance to be mindful about the interactions we have as families.
Flying through the air on a swing they exclaimed, “I’m going to be Spider-Man when I grow up!” While that childhood dream may be far-fetched, the idea of raising a superheroes may not be.
The reality is at some point children will be faced with adversity such as bullying, disappointment, possibly family death and much more. But, it is through these hard times that we can teach our children the power of resilience. So the question is, what are we doing to help equip our children when life’s upsets do happen?
We are Families of Character. We believe in joy-filled parents, and virtue can help get you there.
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