What You Do Is What You’ll Get

What You Do Is What You’ll Get
By Michael Josephson of Character Counts (784.1)

If you want to help your children do well in life,
there are a few things you can do. A high proportion of
high achievers had two things in common:

First, there were lots of books in their homes and a
great emphasis on reading; second, there was a family
tradition of regularly eating dinner together.
Filling a house with books surrounds children with
endless and varied opportunities and challenges to
explore and learn. Books provide knowledge and the
seeds of wisdom and great stories teach about morality
and character.

Eating dinner together assures that parents have an
opportunity to participate in their kids’ day-to-day
lives and help shape the way they think and react.
Coordinating schedules so that the family eats together
often requires a conscious effort to elevate family
time above other things, and the effort itself instills
in children a sense of belonging.

But we can do more than promote reading and family
discussions to offset all the bad influences our kids
are exposed to. Remember, everything we do to, or in
front of, our children matters; what we allow, what we
encourage, and what we do ourselves teaches our
children how to live and conveys powerful messages
about values.

So, be sensitive as to what you say and how you say it,
what you read and what you watch on TV. Be especially
careful in the way you handle relationships and deal
with emotions like disappointment, anger and
frustration because what you do is what you’ll get.
This is Michael Josephson reminding you that character
counts.

(c) 2013 Josephson Institute of Ethics; reprinted with
permission. Michael Josephson, one of the nation’s
leading ethicists, is the founder of the Josephson
Institute of Ethics and the premier youth character
education program, CHARACTER COUNTS! For further
information visit www.charactercounts.org.

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