STOP AND THINK – If we want our children to possess the traits of character we most admire, we need to teach them what those traits are and why they deserve both admiration and allegiance. (William J. Bennett, former U.S. secretary of education)

Character doesn’t grow naturally like the fictional Topsy. As in the learning of many other qualities, character is best “caught” rather than “taught.” Parents and mentors should teach what character is and how one best achieves integrity, but the living example of those positive qualities is the best means of passing them on.

Impress [my commandments] on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. (Deuteronomy 6:7-8)