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 Three-Year-Old's Character Development
Kristen Bell: Splatter
Elmo and Abby show the meaning of the word "splatter," when they splatter ketchup, mustard, and paint all over Kristen Bell!
Draw Your Feelings
Drawing is one way your child can express and manage difficult emotions. Use this online drawing activity as a tool for your child to express what she is feeling.
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
Building a Scarecrow from a Diagram
Peg + Cat follow a diagram to build a scarecrow paying attention to shapes and position to get rid of the crows.
On the Straight and Narrow
Your child will learn that not all shapes have the same characteristics -- some are narrow and straight, some are round and curvy.
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
Eight Days of Hanukkah
Your child can learn about Hanukkah traditions and the special number 8 in this musical clip.
The Long Line
Your child will learn about a number line, which is when you put numbers on a line so that everyone can stand in order.
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