Who do we want our children to become? Parents approach their work from diverse perspectives and cultural traditions. But on this question, there is widespread agreement: we want our kids to become responsible, hardworking and compassionate. In other words, we want them to have good character. Character development is about building good habits, and habits take time to form. Our character is always a work in progress! We may not know what the world will look like when our children become adults, but we know that virtues will help them flourish in any circumstance.
Growing Up Well: Supporting Your Two-Year-Old's Character Development
Super Peg and Cat Guy at the Salon
Your child can learn about properties of arches in this clip where Peg and Cat fix their friends' hair.
Otto at the Arcade
Learning how to combine coins to make a dollar is an easy way to learn about money. In this clip, Olive explores how she can use coins to pay a dollar admission fee.
Grit involves sticking with something until you succeed. It gives us the strength to try, try, try again. Grit supports a "growth mindset" — a belief that our intelligence and skills can grow with effort. Kids with a growth mindset thrive on challenges, show resilience in the face of obstacles, and view failure as part of the learning process.Learn More
Going to the doctor can be scary for young children. You can help your child prepare for an upcoming checkup by exploring tools a doctor uses such as a stethoscope and an otoscope.
Make Tracks with Paint, Playdough, or Crayons
Making tracks with play dough, paint, and crayons can be fun and give your child the opportunity to learn about footprints and tracks in nature.
Gratitude involves both feeling and expressing our thankfulness; it means we show our appreciation for others. According to the Harvard Healthbeat, "Gratitude helps people feel more positive emotions, relish good experiences, improve their health, deal with adversity, and build strong relationships."Learn More
Nobody Puts Olive in a Corner
Your child can practice with Otto at reading maps and discovering alternate routes to get from place to place using landmarks and directions.
The Queen of Hearts
Your child can practice simple subtraction with Peg in this clip where she must make sure 2 stacks are the same height.
Build Good Character Skills with Daniel Tiger
Through imagination, creativity and music, Daniel and his friends learn the key skills necessary for school and for life, using strategies grounded in the teachings of Mister Rogers.Find Activities