The Character of Children

“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”  Martin Luther King, Jr.

This week we honored Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in the USA.  He did many great things for the country, including inspiring dreams and helping everyone understand that every human has value, regardless of the color of their skin.  There are many things he said that we could talk about, but I love this quote about the character of his children.

Dr. King knew what it was to raise kids in less than ideal situations.  He knew that all kids have good days and not so good days. He knew that his kids weren’t perfect.  But he believed that he could raise his children, regardless of the situation, in a way that they would grow up to be great people.

Are you up to that challenge?  Will your kids be of great character when they grow up?

Character is comprised of morals, ethics and reputation, which includes actions.  As a parent, it’s less your responsibility to make sure they go to the best schools, do their homework, and have friends, and more so that they’ve got a foundation that speaks loud and proud about them.  That foundation is comprised of the lessons, experiences and values you teach them as their parent.  I think it’s more important that you teach them these essentials and basics, than that they get into the best schools.  I’ve known tons of people who have done great things with their lives even without going to college or having the best (financial) experience growing up.  They’ve made a name for themselves because their parents, or those in their lives when they were very young, helped them create a foundation of strong character.  Money can be made later, good character must begin from the cradle.

What I think Dr. King would say to all the parents is: worry less about the numbers and more about the heart.

This week I encourage you to step up as a parent.  Make sure you’re instilling good values, good morals and teaching your kids what it means to have a good reputation.  They will thank you for that in the future.

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