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Character Trait for October 2014: Integrity


The character trait we want to focus on this month is Integrity:

Having the inner strength to be truthful and trustworthy, acting justly and honorably, and being consistent in words and actions.

Catch phrase: Tell the truth. Keep your word.

Although honesty is a huge part of integrity, it’s more than that. We want to encourage our kids (and ourselves) to do the right thing because it’s the right thing, not just for attention or to get a reward. 

One idea is to make up “What if…?” scenarios to discuss with your kids, like the examples given here.

At SLO Classical Academy, we have many wonderful opportunities to discuss integrity when we read literature and discuss history with our kids. In The Sword in the Stone, can you spot moments where Arthur (the Wart) or another character shows integrity? When reading and talking about both fictional and real events and people, you can ask your kids questions like “What would you have done if that happened to you?” And then discuss possible choices, how the outcomes might have been different, etc.

Character is much easier kept than recovered.

~Thomas Paine

Live in such a way that you would not be ashamed to sell your parrot to the town gossip.

~Will Rogers

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