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Character

What is the definition of Character–“the mental and moral qualities distinctive to an individual.”  A persons character is what is recognized and remembered.  In the society we live today I fell as if this is something people do not value or teach.  We live in a very selfish and self serving world.  I get disappointed and discouraged everyday by people’s selfishness.  I do not let it effect me negatively. I use it as a tool to teach my children  that our actions, words, etc. reflects our character.

I have a very strong code of morals, values, character and I want my children to learn this and have these as well.  It’s the simplest of things like holding the door for others,  saying thank you, smiling, allowing someone else to go ahead of you in the line when you have a whole cart of stuff and they have two items. To me this is just common courtesy  something you do not see a whole lot of today.  Thses actions reflect your character and it’s possible that someone seeing these actions will question their own character and maybe will influence them to make better choices in they ways that they project their character.

Final thought–The little things we do in life can have the biggest impacts.

 

 

Dinner without devices

Traditional family dinners has morphed into families sitting at the dinner table with their faces glued to their phones.  In my family we have made it a rule that there are no devices at the dinner table. In our busy schedules it’s easy to lose sight of how important that is.

When this was first implemented in my family there was slight resistance. Today it is not even a question.  Dinner is a small amount of time in our day that we can remove ourselves from outside influences and distractions. It allows us to talk to each other about the day, tomorrow, something funny, etc. It really does not matter the content. The point is we are focused on each other.

As a working mom who manages businesses I can tell you if the world falls apart in 1or 2 hours  because you do not take a phone call while having dinner with your family, something is seriously wrong. I do not pretend to be perfect either, I have answered calls while at dinner only to have my children give me the LOOK.  Which I appreciate because it tells me they appreciate the no device policy.

Value the time we spend together and remember everything else can wait.  Family time is the most important time.