Ever since we started to homeschool, Character is one subject I’ve always prioritized. Actually, it IS one of the main reasons I wanted to homeschool. To be able to bring up our children with good character traits, and not just “become like everybody else because everybody does it (whatever that IT may be).”
For this second quarter, I chose three traits to focus on: Cooperation, Habit, Fighting/Peace. We already started the discussion on Cooperation and just started on Habit. As I type this, I’m reminded of the song by Hall & Oates (goes to show my age!) “Hard Habit to Break”. Then, I also remembered this quote which powerfully tells us how we end up becoming who are.
Matthew 15:11 says ” What goes into someone’s mouth does not defile them, but what comes out of their mouth, that is what defiles them.” It all begins with our thoughts; with how we think; with how we perceive; with how we make judgments and decisions.
Come to think of it, who are those people who have led great lives inspiring millions? Aren’t they those who have brilliant minds and upright character? On the other hand, who are those whose notorious actions or immoral lives have made it in the headlines or international news causing shock and disbelief to many of us? Isn’t character almost always traced as the cause of one’s actions and behavior?
As we take the responsibility to teach and educate our children (our families, including ourselves!), let us not just focus on and worry about the academics. Let us teach and learn Character first because once these traits have become ingrained in us, in our children, they will be reflected in our and our children’s behavior, and consequentially, in our work and their academic performance.
Character first. Academics will follow. 🙂