Every parent wants their child to develop positive character
traits. One way to supplement your child’s character
education is to act as a filter for the movies and
television shows your child watches, and to review the books
your child reads.
The following categories are
modeled after “The Book of Virtues for Young People,” an
excellent book for children in its own right, written by
William Bennett. When developing a curriculum of character
education for your child, it’s helpful to review each
children’s book, television show, and movie for both
positive and negative examples of each of the ten virtues
outlined in “The Book of Virtues for Young People.” The
stronger the message, the more it will contribute to your
child’s character education.
Following are some ways
in which the virtues can manifest as character traits in
children’s books, movies, and in television
Self-Discipline: A character discusses his
feelings of anger rather than impulsively striking out. Or,
a character gets his chores done before he goes out to play.
Compassion: A character understands the pain or
suffering of a friend, and steps in to help,