teaching kids to persevere

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for kids

for kids

Guess what?!  You have the ability to be anyone you want to be!  If you want to be brave, encouraging, and more optimistic, there’s no stopping you.  You have the power to change what you do and even how you think, if you want to. […]

for parents

for parents

My message for parents might seem counter-intuitive. It is the parents’ very important role to protect their children at all costs. So, to suggest that parents consider letting their children struggle a little, doesn’t seem to make much sense. However, think about this. When children […]

For EDUCATORS

For EDUCATORS

I’ve always been passionate about character education and when I needed to choose a dissertation topic for my research, “grit” fell into my lap via a great NYT article. “The Secret to Success is Failure,” by Paul Tough, was handed to me by someone, and […]


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Behavior is proof of character

Behavior is proof of character

Behavior is proof of character. This is a saying I have used many times during my years of teaching fifth graders. Think about it. No one is able to know what we are thinking (thank God!), and so we are judged on our actions, the words we use, and how we treat others. How we act is evidence of who we are.

 

And guess what? We choose what we say. We decide how to behave, even if it’s habit, and even our reactions to situations are in our control. Therefore, we are responsible for the ‘essence of us.’ I wholeheartedly understand many have been dealt more difficult circumstances than others, but ultimately, each individual is at the helm of steering the boat. The beauty of thinking about these ideas through this growth-mindset lens, even for a minute, is that if we want to change, we realize we can! How we choose to live is who we become. Behavior is proof of character.