What is the most important quality to encourage in children?
September 30, 2010 5:49pm CST
It seems over time the issue is very debatable of what the most important quality you should encourage in your child's life, Is it honesty, Is it trust, Is it love, is it hard work, is it self identity and expression, I would say mine is basic values the old saying do unto others as they do unto you, that covers several basis of being a truely productive person in life.
• United States
15 Oct 10
I think that all of the qualities that you've mentioned are things that are very important to instill in our children. However, the one that I've concentrated the most on with my two children has been honesty. The reason that I think that this is so important is because of the fact that if you don't have honesty then I don't think that it is possible to cultivate the other important qualities that our children need to have.
• United States
1 Oct 10
I'm going to say EMPATHY - which I guess you could say it's "do unto others." Going back to my childhood, my parents were forever saying, "Now you know how it feels!" Knowing how something makes you (and others) feel is a stepping stone to honesty, love, self expression, ethic, and all that good stuff! When someone lied to me, I got the sense of knowing how that would feel if I were to lie. When a co-worker flaked on a job and I had to pick up the slack, I knew how it wold feel to someone else... Same thing with just about any quality you may want your child to have.
4 Oct 10
I am big on 'responsibility'. I keep harping on this quality even here on myLot. I get miffed if I see any of my kids get a sense of entitlement. And without taking responsibility for their actions. Although I try to show it by example, I still struggle in making them understand this. Time will tell if I succeeded.