I am a sucker for a good printable. If you don’t know what a “printable” is then you either do not have a Pinterest account or you are too busy pinning clothes and workout routines. A printable is basically a ready to use teaching resource that you can download and print. Instead of reading a blog post and trying to recreate a craft or a lesson, you just print it, perhaps also cutting or laminating it. Oh, and if you don’t have a laminator you might want to think about getting one. I am seriously in love with mine.
One of the visions I had for Free Market Mommy is to provide high quality printables that moms can use with thier kids. I am so excited to launch this site with a series of printables that are just awesome (and easy-to-use) training tools to teach and reinforce strong character traits in your kiddos.
I have to give credit where credit is due – they are based off of Bill Gothard’s 49 Character Qualities. We have turned most of those characteristics into a one page teaching tool along with illustrations to help explain the concepts to kids.
You can use these in a variety of different ways. At our home, we focus on one a week. Me and Luke (my trusty laminator…yeah, I have named him…he is that awesome) laminate each page. At the beginning of the week, usually while eating breakfast, I introduce the character quality for the week. I explain what it means along with the contrasting quality, showing the kids the pictures and many times providing real-life examples.
So here is where we turn concepts into action, I then ask each kid either what they will do this week to demonstrate the positive character trait or what they could start doing to put the character trait into action. There is a blank area at the bottom of each sheet where I write their response. This takes all of four or five minutes while we are eating. I then post it on the wall (removable painter’s tape is also my friend… I have a lot of inanimate objects as friends) and every morning we spend a couple of minutes reviewing the concept and check in to see if they have either achieved some of the things they said they would do or find out if they have other ideas of how to put the traits into action.
My hope is that by reviewing each of these on a regular basis, they become part of our vocabulary and our lives. Even though the kids are learning, I find that these are great reminders for myself and my hubby.
So we are rolling out our first batch of 10 Character Builders. There will be three other packs over the next few months. Please let know what we can do to improve them. This is a work in progress so I appreciate all the feedback you all can provide. Let me know if there are any character traits that are important to you and your family that we should include.
As for this pack – the following traits are included:
- Alertness vs. Unawareness: Being aware of that which is taking place around me so I can have the right response to it
- Attentiveness vs. Unconcern: Showing the worth of a person by giving undivided attention to his words and emotions
- Availability vs. Self-centeredness: Making my own schedule and priorities secondary to the wishes of those I am serving
- Boldness vs. Fearfulness: Confidence that what I have to say or do is true and right
- Cautiousness vs. Rashness: Knowing how important right timing is in accomplishing right actions
- Compassion vs. Indifference: Investing whatever is necessary to heal the hurts of others
- Contentment vs. Covetousness: Realizing that I have everything I need for my present happiness
- Creativity vs. Underachievement: Approaching a need, a task, an idea from a new perspective
- Decisiveness vs. Double-mindedness: The ability to finalize difficult decisions based on good judgment
- Deference vs. Rudeness: Respectfulness to others and doing what we can to not offend them
Hope you enjoy them! Look forward to hearing what works and what can be improved.