Award Winning Artist Ruth Elliott created these Posters of the 4 BUILDING BLOCKS of CHARACTER to remind us that these essential character traits are life-giving foundations for our lives. Watch the video and keep reading below, to download them for FREE!
The Four Building Blocks of Character can be boiled down to these:
BUILDING BLOCK # 1– We learn to ASK or ADMIT
When we learn to say, “PLEASE?” we ASK. In ASKING, we ADMIT our need for others! From the moment we were born we began asking – crying – for our needs to be met. The very fact of our existence is proof that someone answered that cry – cared about us enough to nurture, feed and protect us – or we wouldn’t be here. Sometimes we hate to admit we need other people, but we ALL need each other. Relationships are the stuff of life! So it’s OK to ASK. And please say, “Please”. PLEASE?
BUILDING BLOCK # 2 – We learn to THANK!
When we realize we need others, we begin to be THANKFUL for what we have been given. We wouldn’t have anything, not even life itself, if it had not been first been GIVEN TO us!
Gratitude is the source of JOY.
How can we teach our kids to be Grateful? By giving them more and more toys, entertainment & stuff they want, so they will see how NICE WE ARE? NO. Doesn’t work. When you are hungry you want to eat. NOT when you are full. So, If people stuff more food at you after you’ve already eaten, you don’t want it.
BUT- If kids are given what they REALLY need (Your love and attention) they will EAT IT UP!
THANK YOU for teaching kids to say, “THANK YOU!”
BUILDING BLOCK # 3 – We learn to APOLOGIZE
Being human we all make mistakes. To APOLOGIZE requires humbling ourselves and ADMITTING we are not perfect. We can never grow further in our character until we can learn to say, “I’m Sorry.” (See my little story ‘THE LAND of I’M SORRY’!)
BUILDING BLOCK # 4 – We learn to FORGIVE
After we admit we are not perfect, we can then say, “I FORGIVE YOU”, knowing that we also need forgiveness. How else can we get along in this world?
The habits we learn as children will stay with us a lifetime.
Giving kids THE FOUR BUILDING BLOCKS OF CHARACTER will lay the foundation of a good life.
How many gang wars, world wars, marriage conflicts and sibling rivalries would be avoided if people just learned these four things:
ADMIT we need each other,
APOLOGIZE for our mistakes, and
FORGIVE one another!
“Habits are actions built up strong and tall.
Like bricks laid together to form a high wall.
When once they are built it is so hard to break them,
you’d better be careful about how you MAKE them!”
– Mr. Stevens (My son’s 5th Gr. teacher)
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