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 Seven-Year-Old's Character Development
But It's My Tutu!
Katerina and Daniel both want to use the same tutu for the costumes for their show.
The Solar System Falls Apart
Jet tries to help his friends learn more about how the solar system by using a model.
A "Lost" List
Together with your child, talk about and make a list of what your child should do if she is ever lost.
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
Take a Step Back and Ask for Help (Strategy Song) (Spanish)
Daniel and Mom Tiger sing about times when they get frustrated and need to ask for help.
Flying on a Leaf!
Daniel's imagination makes him think about taking a ride on a leaf blowing in the wind.
Dinosaurs of a Feather
Examining clean bird feathers can help your child understand that different types of feathers serve different purposes. After examining the feathers, your child can create a picture of a Velociraptor with feathers.
Daniel Wants to Play with Dad (Spanish)
When baby Margaret takes Dad's attention, Daniel wonders, "What about me?"
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
Build Good Character Skills with Arthur
Whether facing down a bully, worrying about a new teacher or being the very last person on earth to lose his baby teeth, Arthur and his friends manage to solve their crises with imagination, kindness and a lot of humor.Find Activities