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Parenting ~ 2 Character Building Stories to Share with Your Kids

By Jean Tracy, MSS

Inside you will find 2 stories to help you build character and teach empathy to your children. If you'd like your children to sincerely care about others or look on the bright side of life, read on.

These two stories came from my friend, Tim Smith, at Smile-Therapy.com.

First Character Building Story:

"Author and lecturer, Leo Buscaglia, once talked about a contest he was asked to judge. The purpose of the contest was to find the most caring child. The winner was a four-year-old child, whose next door neighbor, an elderly gentleman, had recently lost his wife. Upon seeing the man cry, the little boy went into the old gentleman's yard, climbed onto his lap, and just sat there."

"When his mother asked him what he had said to the neighbor, the little boy just said, "Nothing, I just helped him cry."

Imagine what this meant to the gentleman who had reached the twilight of his life losing his closest companion, his wife. Misty-eyed with tears trickling down his weathered wrinkles, he finds a little boy, like a gentle breeze, climb into his lap to relieve his suffering.

Listening, like the sun in the sky, relieves darkness and brightens spirits. You can model listening by being quiet and calm. A gentle comment about what your children say may be all they need. They'll bask in your sunshine just knowing you listened.

Second Character Building Story

"Teacher Debbie Moon's first graders were discussing a picture of a family. One little boy in the picture had a different hair color than the other members. One of her students suggested that he was adopted.

A little girl said, "I know all about adoption. I was adopted." "What does it mean to be adopted?" asked another child. "It means," said the girl, "that you grew in your mommy's heart instead of her tummy!"

Imagine the influence this little girl had on her class. She gave them a true and glowing vision of adoption. All children are priceless beacons of light. When surrounded by love whether from the tummy or the heart makes no difference.

Building Character with Caring and Rainbows:

Caring is a gift your children can easily give. Help them see the good in others through your eyes. Fill their hearts with empathy by listening, by the words you say, and by the actions you take.

You can teach your children to see life through a rainbow of colors or a dim bulb in a dark room. If you choose the dim bulb, it will affect their attitudes forever. Choosing to see life through a rainbow of colors promotes hope, health and happiness. Looking on the bright side is a decision you can make in your life and model for your children. You have the power because they're watching you.

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