Character Corner: Generosity–weekly musings, quotes, and parenting tips from WisdomCommons.org

Character Corner: Generosity–weekly musings, quotes, and parenting tips from WisdomCommons.org

Whenever Louisa (age eight) and her little sister Jenna are each offered something special, Louisa immediately makes a judgment about which item is most desirable, and lobbies to get that one for herself.  She wants the biggest cookie, the purple bathrobe, and the window seat.   Her parents were getting worried about Louisa growing up […]

Character Corner: Citizenship – weekly musings, quotes and parenting tips from WisdomCommons.org

Character Corner: Citizenship – weekly musings, quotes and parenting tips from WisdomCommons.org

Thirteen year old Katherine resents having to pick up and vacuum the basement playroom every Saturday morning.  She protests that she doesn’t even spend time down there – that all of the clutter and dirt are from her younger sisters, Jill and Jennifer.   To make matters worse, this Saturday at 11:00 is a Spring clean-up at […]

Character Corner: Common Sense — musings, quotes, and parenting tips from WisdomCommons.org

Character Corner: Common Sense — musings, quotes, and parenting tips from WisdomCommons.org

Josie, who is in the fifth grade, spends the afternoon with her neighbor Debbie, who is a year older.  Other girls join them.  That evening, Josie shows her mom a round red mark on her arm and confesses that she let the older girl touch her arm with a hot spoon as a secret initiation […]

Character Corner: Curiosity — musings, quotes, and parenting tips from WisdomCommons.org

Character Corner: Curiosity — musings, quotes, and parenting tips from WisdomCommons.org

Six-year-old Tommy has been diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.  As he buzzes from activity to activity, he can drive his classmates or babysitter nuts. His father, Joe, appreciates their dilemma:  During a recent trip to the Grand Canyon, Joe turned around to see that Tommy had scrambled over a protective railing and was inching […]

Character Corner: Courtesy– musings, quotes, and parenting tips from WisdomCommons.org

Character Corner: Courtesy– musings, quotes, and parenting tips from WisdomCommons.org

Courtney grew up in a strict authoritarian family in which children (who should be seen not heard) addressed adults by their titles and last names:  Mr. Jameson, Pastor Samuels and so on.   As a young adult, she often found herself anxious in the presence of authority figures and had a hard time calling her […]

Character Corner: Creating and Appreciating Beauty — musings, quotes, and parenting tips from WisdomCommons.org

Character Corner: Creating and Appreciating Beauty — musings, quotes, and parenting tips from WisdomCommons.org

Lora is a middle school art teacher in Seattle, Washington.  Her students have been brought up to see art as a form of self expression, which Lora values.  But she also wants them to understand that historically around the world, people have valued another dimension of art:  the craft of creating beauty.   She finds […]

Character Corner: Decisiveness — musings, quotes, and parenting tips from WisdomCommons.org

Character Corner: Decisiveness — musings, quotes, and parenting tips from WisdomCommons.org

Five year old Briana labored over small decisions, whether it was what to wear to school or which flavor of ice cream to eat.  She so wanted to choose the very best one that she bogged down.  When there was no hurry, she eventually made her choice, but when time was an issue, her indecision […]

Character Corner: Diligence/Thoroughness – musings, quotes, and parenting tips from WisdomCommons.org

Character Corner: Diligence/Thoroughness – musings, quotes, and parenting tips from WisdomCommons.org

Jennifer’s two kids have very different approaches to cleaning their rooms on Saturday mornings.  Lisa, the younger takes her time and pays attention to detail.  Denise, the elder gets distracted by toys and books and then hurries through—but wants the same praise that Lisa gets.  The challenge for Mom is helping Denise get to the […]

Character Corner: Patience – musings, quotes, and parenting tips from WisdomCommons.org

Character Corner: Patience – musings, quotes, and parenting tips from WisdomCommons.org

Peter has been sitting for an hour with his daughter Louisa, age 12, working on a math assignment.  He hates how quickly Louisa gives up. “Be patient,” he keeps saying.  Or, “Look over it again.  You just overlooked something very simple.  I know you know how to do this. “   But Louisa’s frustration is just […]

Character Corner: Forgiveness — musings, quotes, and parenting tips from WisdomCommons.org

Character Corner: Forgiveness — musings, quotes, and parenting tips from WisdomCommons.org

Janice got divorced a year ago after discovering that her husband, Mark, had an ongoing affair.  She still feels acutely betrayed and has a hard time saying anything good about Mark to their daughter, Shani, age 8.  Even though she has “read the books” about kids and divorce, it’s all she can do to keep […]