Character Development

Character education is life changing for kids and their parents…

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In the past a child’s character education came from the home. They spent time with their parents, modeled their parents’ behavior and learned valuable life lessons. Children today are facing more adverse situations than the children of 50 years ago. Many parents are living with addiction to drugs and alcohol, unemployment, moving from welfare to work or even being incarcerated. Thus children now spend more time with the television or peers than with their family.

In this new society, we must find a way to teach children the meaning of words related to character.

  • Responsibility
  • Trustworthiness
  • Respect
  • Caring
  • Fairness
  • Citizenship


These are the six pillars of the character education as developed by the Josephson Institute of Ethics. The OSU Cooperative Extension Service equips parents and teachers with the Character Critters stories. Critters such as Tommy the Turtle and Carrie the Cat go through life experiences that young children relate to. These stories give children a way to understand the six concepts of character.

(You might want to get a stuffed animal that corresponds with the stories or use a different animal and change the title.)

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