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Correcting for
Good Character

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    Parents have the responsibility to correct and discipline
    their children. In order for correction to be effective, there
    must be a proper relationship already existing between
    parents and children. Proper relationships are developed
    when parents show true concern and genuine interest in
    their children.

    Appropriate correction stems out of love and not from
    anger. Parents must establish standards of behavior for
    their children, and character must be the basis of
    correction. The purpose of correction is to benefit the
    child and to restore the parent/child relationship that has
    been damaged through disobedience.

    Character-based correction teaches children that good
    character wins their parent's approval.

  • Act immediately, but not in anger; wait until you can
    effectively illustrate the character quality.
  • Correction must be in private. The disobedient child must
    learn personal responsibility by truthfully admitting what
    he or she did wrong - easier to do when not in front of
    their siblings or peers.
  • Teach your children by asking them questions such as,
    "Were you truthful?", "Were you grateful?", "Was that
    compassionate?", "Are you being flexible?"
  • When children see how they are wrong, then can see how
    to apply good character.
  • Proper correction results in a change of heart and a
    positive attitude, rather than guilt or regret.
  • Make your goal in correcting to mend a damaged
    relationship and demonstration of good character, not
    exercising authority and preserving your ego.

    Material taken from "Achieving True Success"
    Copyright © 2000 by International Association of Character Cities
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