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 Eight-Year-Old's Character Development
"Freeze" Dance Make Believe
Daniel makes believe he is playing "freeze dance" with his stuffed animals.
Margaret Feeds the Ducks
Margaret is afraid to feed the ducks. Daniel holds her hand and that helps her.
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
It's Hard to Share the People You Love
Daniel feels jealous when Katerina gets to sit right next to Grandpere.
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.
Odd Report: Traffic Jam
Your child can practice reading maps and using landmarks in this clip where Oscar explains a mission to the agents.
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.
What Does Recycle Mean?
Daniel imagines the recycling bins can sing about cleaning up bottles, paper and cans!
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
The Potty Problem
Peg + Cat's friend has trouble while learning to use the toilet. This video clip uses counting to teach kids who are potty training the steps.
Playing cooperative games such as 'Traveling Train' can give your child practice working together to solve problems in a group.
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