Teaching Your Kids How to Have Faith – Free Character Planner

Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. ~ Hebrews 11:1. This is one of my favorite Bible verses, but how do we explain and teach faith to our children and help them to grasp the concept?

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Just as Hebrews says, faith is the substance of something that is hoped for. Faith and hope go hand in hand. Faith gives us the ability to worry less and to hope and know with our hearts that God will come through for us. It may not be as we thought, but it will happen somehow.

How to encourage faith

Faith can be difficult for some children to grasp. Others are private with their beliefs and may not talk about their faith often. We can teach our children about faith by talking openly about our faith in our homes. What is it that you hope for? Is it something that you can not do on your own? Talk about this with your family.

Faith is believing that something will happen that we can’t even see or begin to understand. It could be one of those prayer requests that may sit on your prayer list for a while. Yet when it does happen, a good job for a family member, a gift of money when things are tight, a cure to an illness that seems hopeless, a good grade in a hard math class, those things help to strengthen our faith and the faith of our children.

Another way to teach our children about the character trait of faith is with this month’s character planner. These are free for subscribers each month and they teach you how to plan a month long study on the specific character trait.

Free Faith Character Study Planner Printable Pack

This Character Counts planner will show you how to plan out a month long study on the character trait of Faith. These planners are organized for you and are always open and go. It is also customizable, which means you can pick and choose what you would like to print out and use for your family. They are not dated so you can use them anytime in the year.

We store ours in a character training binder. These are great if you have a certain issue that needs to be focused on in your family. Then you can pull them out and work on that trait as needed. Many families enjoying using these in a daily morning time in their homeschool or as a family Bible Study.

Our planners have been designed to be simple and fun, with activities for your entire family to participate in together.

Check out what’s inside:

  • Character Quality Family Checklist Worksheet
  • 4 Week Study on  Faith vs. Unfaithfulness
  • Analyze and Evaluation Sheets
  • Character Trait Planning Worksheets
  • Faith Printable Posters
  • Faith and Your Gifts
  • Family Brainstorming Session Sheets
  • Faith Study Worksheets for Kids
  • Certificate of Completion

The directions on how to download your free Character Counts Planner are sent in each weekly ezine. The planner access information is always located at the bottom of each email. If you are not signed up, you can sign up HERE.

 

Best Christmas…Ever!

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The best Christmas ever is possible and best of all, it can be celebrated with our kids! Did you know that the holidays are what we make of them, and often we are interested in the outer wrappings that we forget the heart of our child! I learned this the hard way one Christmas when I was in the midst of homeschooling and trying to prepare for the Gerwitz-Family-overload-Christmas bash! I way overbought presents and I ended up hiring my daughter’s college friend to wrap for me. She loved it (who wouldn’t enjoy making some extra cash at Christmas?) but I realized I was doing Christmas all wrong.

The emphasis was not the real reason for the season, no the emphasis was on the kids getting presents, most they didn’t even ask for. I realized five things that year.

Best Christmas Ever – Does Not Require:

  1. Kids do not need to allot of presents to enjoy Christmas.
  2. The emphasis on Christmas was not on Christ.
  3. I was exhausted and frustrated.
  4. No one was having fun – and everyone was stressed.
  5. We would never do *this again!

[Want a free character planner for the kids? Be sure to sign up for our eZine – monthly access to a new character planner here.]

So I asked the kids what they wanted to do to celebrate Christmas and the Christmas break we would take from homeschooling and this was their list!

Best Christmas Ever Kids List:

  1. Spend time with friends.
  2. Go to the park.
  3. Do crafts.
  4. Make Christmas presents.
  5. Bake cookies.

Wow, nothing on that list that is far-fetched or difficult to do! And, these were all of my favorites as well. We took things easy, we spent the mornings reading books that were focused on the real reason for the season, we added some things like works of service. We selected angel tree gifts to make or give. The kids did a combination of both and selected kids their ages using their own money to buy gifts and wrap them. It turned my stressed filled season into something that was so much better. We played games, we played Christmas songs 24-7 and we watched some beloved Christmas movies such as the Miracle on 34th Street, It’s a Wonderful Life, and some other oldies. (This was before the 24/7 Hallmark Christmas specials!)

The children got so much more out of the season than I even expected. And, I learned something about myself as well. It was okay to say no to the things I didn’t want to do. While I loved baking I realized I did not have to bake for half of my city or mail cookies to families that baked as well! I could give some Christmas cookies as gifts to go for the family that visited, but that was it! I also learned I did not like sending out 100s of Christmas cards. So, I paired down my list to essential family members and that was all I sent out and that also was such a blessing for me!

Here is my advice:

  1. Ask your kids what they want to do to celebrate Christmas.
  2. Cut out anything that is stressful such as baking, cards, or crafts.
  3. Enjoy time with family and friends.
  4. Read and enjoy time with your children.
  5. Make your own Christmas memories as a family.

Let’s face it having matching jammies is fun for Christmas morning but if it doesn’t bring the entire family joy, let it go! What are ways that you celebrate Christmas that are joyful?

Felice Gerwitz is a serial entrepreneur and she and her husband own and run three businesses, one is Media Angels, Inc. a company she started in 1995, she also began this Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network eight years ago to bring home schoolers and parents free podcasts! Visit Felice’s podcast’s at Vintage Homeschool Moms and A Few Minutes with God Podcast.

 

Teaching Benevolence with a Free Character Planner

The holiday seasons are right around the corner. With the holidays comes lots of opportunities to teach our children to show love, kindness and generosity. Teaching our kids that it is better to give than to receive is a great way to teach them about being benevolent.

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What is Benevolence?

Benevolence is the desire to do good for others, to be kind, charitable and generous. It is the ability to see that someone is in need and to fill that need for them. Benevolence is the opposite of selfish. You are giving of your time, money and resources to help someone else, wanting nothing in return.

Examples to teach benevolence to your kids:

  • Treat others the way you wish to be treated. Teaching the golden rule is a great way to get your kids thinking about their actions, especially being kind and giving.
  • Lead by example. Let your kids see you as parents giving freely and helping others in need.
  • Look for opportunities to serve and give in your community or through your church.
  • Operation Christmas Child is a great way to get your young children involved in picking out gifts, and much needed items to children in different parts of the country.
  • Serve in a soup kitchen or a community outreach event, food drive or gift drive during the holidays.
  • Adopt a family for the holidays. Do you know someone who could use some extra help during the holidays? Offer to feed them, or purchase gifts or groceries to surprise them with and droip them off on their doorstep with your kids.

Another great way to teach a character trait like benevolence is through our monthly Character Counts planners. These are free for subscribers each month and they teach you how to plan a month long study on the specific character trait.

Free Benevolence Character Study Planner Printable Pack:

There are many options of printable sheets to choose from to use with your family. They are not dated like our other planners, so they can be used anytime in the year. Many families  love that our planners are open and go. The planners are simple and fun, with activities that are good for all ages in your family, including parents

We like to print ours out and store them in a character training binder. I create tabs for each character trait so we can pull them out as we need to focus on something specific. Character training is a great addition to a family morning or Bible time in your homeschool. You can even use them for a fun family night with the activity ideas and brainstorming sheets to work on together.

This is what is included:

  • Benevolence Family Checklist Worksheet
  • 4 Week Study on Benevolence vs. Selfishness
  • Analyze and Evaluation Sheets
  • Character Trait Planning Worksheets
  • Benevolence Printable Posters and Scripture Posters
  • Family Character Brainstorming Session Sheets
  • Benevolence and Your Gifts
  • Study Worksheets for Kids
  • Certificate of Completion

The directions on how to download your free Character Counts Planner are sent in each weekly ezine. The planner access information is always located at the bottom of each email. If you are not signed up, you can sign up HERE.

Serving Homeschoolers For 8 Years

Serving Homeschoolers…

Great news, we are celebrating eight years of serving homeschoolers! And we have presents for you!

Homeschool podcasters are plentiful, in fact, each week it seems like a new podcast is cropping up! Yet, we’ve been here slow and steady for years, ever since 2013. And, our podcasters are still producing amazing shows, just for you!

Invitation Only ~

Our podcasters have been specially selected and privately invited, by me, Felice Gerwitz the website owner and founder of Media Angels, Inc. Often podcasters or potential podcasters contact me, but there are many steps that lead up to admission onto this platform. What am I looking for? Podcasters with a heart for families.

Our podcasters are industry leaders. we have the millions of downloads to prove it and YOU, our audience has been such a blessing to us, over the years. So… in celebration, I want to share a little about our special podcasters and some of the prizes they are offering.

Podcasters Serving Homeschoolers

Many of our podcasters are homeschool families or have completed their homeschool journey. They serve the homeschool community as authors, speakers and often attend conferences near you. They are knowledgeable and share their information freely. The Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network is 100% free. We serve the homeschool community by giving away our knowledge, book and curriculum advice, parenting, and basically the tools that help you and your family. For example, each month a new Character Planner is custom created and available for download for our email list. Just by signing up to receive a weekly email, you get a new planner each month. And, if you missed the last year, they are available for sale on my Media Angels website. .

***Star Ratings Help!***

How can you bless us back? By giving our podcasts a star rating on your favorite podcast app. You can access apps by phone or tablet. This helps us to be found by other families seeking quality family-friendly podcasts. And it is a way you can say, thank you for all your work!

Winning and Freebies Below:

What about the prizes? Well, for this birthday celebration I wanted to do something different. So, while you can enter the Rafflecopter below for the bigger prize, one winner will be selected randomly for each of the prizes below. Some of our podcasters are offering ONE prize and to win, please comment below why you would like to win the prize and what the prize is, for example, I’d like to win the Media Angels Membership Forever Bundle. Prizes are listed below.

Let’s Talk about our podcasters and their prizes and freebies.

Vintage Homeschool Moms hosted by Felice Gerwitz is the flagship and oldest podcast on the network with more than 450 episodes. I host different series throughout the year. Some are curriculum-focused, parent-focused, and even a new, “Just for Kids” series, where I talk directly to the kids. Sign up to receive a freebie Character Planner, this month the planner is on the topic of compassion, here.  One winner gets the Ultimate 12-Month planner details here. [Post in the comments why you want to win this prize.]

Soft Skills 101: Life Skills for a Digital Age, sponsored by the True North Homeschool Academy with special hosts, Lisa Nehring, and regular appearances by (husband), Dr. David Nehring. This show focuses on soft skills that are so important in today’s marketplace and beyond school, yet are rarely discussed. Lisa is giving away one Performance Series Test ($34 value) [Post in the comments why you want to win this prize.] Chat with Lisa on Instagram here.

College Prep Genius with host Jean Burk. The college prep insights you need for free college. Yes, Jean shares her tips for test taking and wonderful advice for all things college. Visit Jean’s website for online classes and seminars. CollegePrepGenius.com One winner gets a $25 gift card, share why you would like this gift! Visit Jean on her Facebook Page.

The Homeschool Highschool Podcast with Vicki Tillman, Sabrina Justison, and special guests! Tune in for all things high school! Curriculum-focused and helpful no matter what your high school issue. They are giving away a freebie, Tips for Grading and Writing on their website. One special winner will get Unit Studies Based on Popular Movies, check it out here. Please share below why you would like to win!

Homeschooling with Technology with host Meryl van der Merwe, teaches moms, dads and the kids all about technology. Short cuts, great apps and so much more. She has online classes and web-based unit studies she teaches at FundaFunda Academy.com. Visit with Meryl on her Instagram Page here.

Crunchy Christian Podcast hosted by Julie Polanco who is a trained herbalist and shares wellness and nutrition with her listeners. Connect with Julie on her YouTube page here.

The Homeschool Sanity Show with host Melanie Wilson, a Christian psychologist, and long-time homeschool mom. Melanie’s topics range from homeschooling, organization, parenting and so much more. She keeps the crazy out of homeschooling with timely tips. Connect with Melanie on her Instagram Page here. She is giving away one audiobook version one of the three Grammar Galaxy Texts. Check it out here. [Post in the comments why you want to win this prize.]

Making Biblical Family Life Practical with hosts Hal and Melanie Young. Big family life and boys is the focus of this fun podcast with our southern hosts! Everything from parenting to dealing with sensitive family issues. Visit the website at Raising Real Men.  Get the freebie – President Tales here.  Want to win a prize? Tell us why you want to win One free Craftsman Crate. The Woodburning Crate has a 39.97 value, this is a subscription box that builds skills and teaches artisanal craft skills using real tools! And chat with Melanie and Hal on Instagram here.

Homeopathy for Mommies with host Sue Myers is your one-stop podcast for everything health and wellness. Sue shares her wisdom on readily available remedies and advice for healthy living. You can visit Sue on her website at HomeopathyForMommiesfor her classes and events.

Creation Science Podcast hosted by Felice Gerwitz along with special guests shares information about scientific creationism. This podcast will be picking up again in the fall! Listen to the archives. Check out Felice’s creation books here for birthday sale prices.

Finish Well Podcast hosted by Meredith Curtis and friends! This show deals with heart issues of homeschooling and the focus is on families and teens. Meredith is giving away some free downloads and you can get them by visiting her website, PowerlineProdFind Meredith on her Pinterest Page here.

Family Renewal Podcast: with hosts Israel and Brooke Wayne. Big family life, raising children and empowering a generation of homeschoolers to serve the Lord. Many wonderful podcasts for you and your family. Freebie – download the audio the history of the homeschool movement here. Connect with Israel on Facebook here  and Instagram @FamilyRenewal

Homeschool CPA hosted by Carol Topp, CPA. Carol started her show with Dollars and Sense and there are many shows that focus on education and money matters for families and teens. She also works with non-profits and the Homeschool CPA focuses on questions many co-ops and homeschool organizations have concerning issues that no one else covers. Carol’s website is here. Check out her books!

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Teaching Compassion with a Free Character Planner

Compassion is such an important character trait because it is something we all need in our lives. It is the emotional connection desired with those close to us and those we do not know very well. Teaching compassion to your kids is important as it doesn’t always come naturally.

 

Some children may naturally be loving and compassionate, while others may need some help in that area. This is especially true of toddlers who may think the whole world revolves around them! . Becoming compassionate brings us out of our me-focused world. It can help your children see that other people have needs and start to think about how they can meet those needs for others.

What is Compassion?

Compassion is is the ability to feel what another person is going through and to help them in their need. It is being able to listen, being aware and being sensitive of the needs of others. It is being able to sit back and observe and know when to help out when there is a need.

Compassion is caring for others, behaving towards them with concern and love and affection. It is being sympathetic to others needs, putting others before yourselves.

Teaching Compassion

Some people feel compassion more deeply and empathetically than others. You may notice this with your children if they see an animal that is hurt or lost, or a homeless person on the side of the road. Some children are immediately distressed and sad, while other children may not even recognize what is happening. We can teach and model compassion to our children to help them to be sensitive to the needs around them.

Here are some great ways to teach compassion to your kids:

  • Be kind, and model kindness to your children. Talk about kindness and reactions to others in your home.
  • Take your children out and serve together. Helping at a soup kitchen or a food pantry is a great way to show them that people are hungry and in need.
  • Teach compassion towards animals by helping animals that may be injured or lost or feeding animals that may be hungry.

Teach compassion to your children with this month’s free character study printable pack:

Our Character Counts planner teaches you how to plan a month long study on this month’s character trait of compassion. Families  love that our planners are open and go with many things to choose from to use. You can pick and choose what you would like to print and use for your family. Since they are not dated like our other planners, these can be used anytime in the year.

I keep all of our planners in a big binder. We now have a nice large collection of them as we download them each month. They are great to pull out if there is a specific character trait that you need to work on in your home.

Many families enjoy using these during morning time, or Bible time in their homeschool. These planners are designed to be simple and fun, with activities that your whole family can participate in together. This is great for family time with hands-on ideas and fun conversation starters. Yes, even parents can benefit too! 

This is what is included:

  • Character Quality Family Checklist Worksheet
  • 4 Week Study on Character
  • Analyze and Evaluation Sheets
  • Character Trait Planning Worksheets
  • Compassion Printable Posters and Scripture Posters
  • Family Character Brainstorming Session Sheets
  • Compassion and Your Gifts
  • Study Worksheets for Kids
  • Certificate of Completion

The directions on how to download your free Character Counts Planner are sent in each weekly ezine. The planner access information is always located at the bottom of each email. If you are not signed up, you can sign up HERE.

 

Teaching Virtue ~ FREE Character Study

Benjamin Franklin said, “Without virtue, man can have no happiness in this world.” We sure are seeing this a lot today. Many human beings have lost their moral code and knowing the difference between what is right and what is wrong. It is so important to teach virtue to our children, especially in this fallen world.

Virtue isn’t just a character trait. Being a virtuous person takes decision making skills. You choose the right road, or the wrong one. This is something we can teach to our children especially at home.

Once they are out in the world so many things will be thrown at them. It can be hard to make the right decisions when you are surrounded by many that are not making them. If they have had practice making good decisions during their childhood and teen years, most often they will carry that out when they leave your home.

Teaching Virtue

We can teach virtue to our kids by setting the standard and leading by example. They model what they see at home. If you are making wise choices they will want to follow suit. Also, talking openly about why you have made certain decisions and making decisions together as a family helps.

Establishing rules and setting limits at home will help them to make wise choices while still living at home. Why are there limits set on technology, especially the internet?

Talk openly about movie and music choices and the dangers of clicking on the wrong thing and what it can lead to. Why do you have standards and rules on what can and can not be watched at home? What are your reasons for that? Explain these to your kids as you set them.

Doing a character trait study together is a wonderful way to start an open discussion with your family.

Teach virtue to your children with this month’s free character study printable pack:

This  Character Counts planner will teach you how to plan a month long study on the character trait of Virtue. Parents love that our planners are open and go and customizable. You can pick and choose what you would like to print and use for your family. You can use them anytime in the year since they are undated. I keep all of our planners in a big binder. We have a nice large collection of them as we download them each month. They are great to pull out if there is a specific character trait that you need to work on in your home.

Many families also use these for a morning Bible time in their homeschool. These planners are designed to be simple and fun, with activities for your entire family to participate in together. This is great for family time and has there are fun conversation starters. Yes, even parents can benefit too! 

This is what is included:

  • Character Quality Family Checklist Worksheet
  • 4 Week Study on Virtue
  • Analyze and Evaluation Sheets
  • Character Trait Planning Worksheets
  • Virtue Printable Posters and Scripture Posters
  • Virtue and Your Gifts
  • Family Virtue Brainstorming Session Sheets
  • Virtue Study Worksheets for Kids
  • Certificate of Completion

The directions on how to download your free Character Counts Planner are sent in each weekly ezine. The planner access information is always located at the bottom of each email. If you are not signed up, you can sign up HERE.

Homeschool Deals for Last Minute Shopping

I don’t know about you, but this summer just flew by. I can’t even believe that it is school time again. Just today I was telling a friend that school has started without us, because we just aren’t ready yet! I personally still have so much to organize and sort through and we still have things that we need to purchase. Do you still have some school shopping left to do? Don’t fret because we have some homeschool deals for you.

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Don’t worry if you still have some things to plan and work on for your homeschool. You sure aren’t the only one. That is the beauty of homeschooling, that we can start and end whenever we want. Even though school shopping is over for many families you don’t need to miss out on the back to school sales. We have got you covered with some great last minute homeschool deals for the whole family.

Homeschool Deals for Last Minute Shopping

Media Angels Membership Sale

Could you use encouragement for your homeschool journey? Are you searching for online learning designed to ground your family in a Christian Worldview?

Our affordable membership bundles do both and fit your budget and busy life! You will get so much more for your money when you purchase any one of our digital bundles on our website.
We have five different bundles to choose from:

  • eBook Bundle – including the Truth Seeker Mystery Novels
  • Creation Science Classes
  • Our Mega Bundle: All eBooks, and Classes
  • American History Video Class – 62 hours high school credit
  • American Government Video Class – 32 hours high school creditUse code SUMMER30 for 30% off through September 30th.

Truth Seekers Paperback Book Sale

We are having a huge sale on our paperback books! Our popular Truth Seeker Mystery books written by a homeschool teen are less than $2 each and perfect for pre teens and teens of all ages!

Can your kids defend the why? Let’s face it, Christian kids are leaving their faith in droves despite all of our best efforts. Until now! These novels teach truth, they teach justice and they TEACH children how to defend their beliefs. Now you can spark your child’s interest in Creation without even trying! Using a “novel” approach your children will race through hundreds of pages of heart-pounding mystery, suspense, and edge-of-your seat adventure!

These are selling out fast. No coupon needed. Grab them while supplies last!

Homeschool Print Book Sale

Are you missing homeschool conventions and bookstores? Digital resources are affordable and convenient. Yet, sometimes you just want to hold a physical book in your hands. I love seeing a full bookshelf of books we can touch and hold and look at over and over again.

We are having a huge print book sale. Every item is less than $10. Many of these are a Cathy Duffy Top Pick like our Creation Science Unit Study Guides to homeschool all ages at once. All our books are less than $10 each, with our popular Truth Seeker Novels only $1.50!

Grab these while supplies last. No coupon needed!

Character Counts: Character Planners for Kids

Do you need help with character study in your homeschool?

When you are home with your children all day, you sure start to notice things that need some improvement!

You may have seen our blog posts about our character planners that Felice creates for our subscribers. If you sign up for our email list you will receive a brand new planner with a new character trait every single month. If you are new or missed the previous months we now have all of them bundled together.

Our character planners are very popular because they are a character study and planner all in one! Everything is planned out for you and it is completely open and go! Your children will enjoy the interactive activities, games and challenges within the pages. There is something for everyone in the family from the young to the old, and mom and dad can participate as well.

All of our character planner bundles are on sale for 50% off through the end of September  No coupon needed. There are so many to choose from!

 

Grounding Yourself in Mathematics

Parents and teachers, please dedicate quality time to rounding and estimating with your students.  You’ll see that effort pay off as your child progresses through their math levels.There’s that moment in every comedy where the befuddled comic relief character says, “Wait a second…” as he notices something like his house was slowly emptied of all its possessions while he was distracted by the clever antagonist.

 

As parents and teachers, we are hoping to instill that moment of pause that something could be wrong in our math students as they solve problems and come across mistakes.  For this purpose, we ask our students, starting in elementary, to round and to estimate.

 

When the students have an idea of what the answer should be, they have a much better chance at catching a small mistake in their work and getting back on the right track.  Parents and teachers, please dedicate quality time to rounding and estimating with your students.  You’ll see that effort pay off as your child progresses through their math levels.

 

Building on the skill of estimation, I like to show my students how to be confident in the steps they take to solve complicated problems by having them ground themselves in a simple example.  I’ll demonstrate this with a topic all math students dread…fractions.

 

Imagine a cookie that was broken in half.  You are given half a sugar cookie and your faithful dog Buster has come begging at your feet for a bite of it.  You break your half in half and give it to him.  What actually went into your mouth was one fourth of a cookie.  Mathematically:  half of half is one fourth.  Let’s see that played out:

 

How did we get from our question to our answer?

 

We can see that the numerator multiplied times itself all the way across (one times one equals one).

 

We can see that the denominator multiplied times itself all the way across too (two times two equals four).

 

Ergo, to multiply fractions, multiply straight across the numerator and straight across the denominator.

 

Now when your student is facing something like this and can’t remember how to solve it…

 

…they can ground themselves with the example with the cookie halves and solve with confidence.

 

Just one simple trick, grounding themselves in an example they know is true, and students go from intimidated to determined with their practice problems.

 

Try this technique the next time your student is stumped.  Show him that he has the tools to break the problem down and fight for his answer.  When he has earned the answer for himself, his confidence will soar and he’ll be excited for whatever challenge comes next.

 

To learn more please visit www.ctcmath.com.


By Karen Branch

www.ctcmath.com

Teaching Family Loyalty (FREE Character Planner)

Do you long for a family that prays, works, plays together and stays together? Family loyalty is easy to achieve when your children are younger, but what about when they grow up?

What happens when your sweet children who always want to be with you become teenagers? How do you encourage them to stay close and connected to your family? There are so many things going on that pull everyone in different directions. Family time can easily go to the wayside and be missed so quickly.

Family loyalty is one of those essential traits that begins and straightens as a child ages. When your kids begin to be social outside of the home, in church, sports and work friends start to become a priority in their lives. Having friends typically takes a stronger presence and need over the family as your children enter the teen years.

What can you do to teach them to stay committed and faithful to your family?

Loyalty is faithfulness to family and to the commitments, duties, and obligations in our lives. We can teach this character trait by modeling it on our own families. So many important character traits begin right inside your home.

Here are some ways to do this:

  • Create some family traditions that your children will get used to doing and look forward to on a regular basis. Do you take the same type of family vacation each year, or attend a certain sporting or local event? This will be something your kids will get used to doing and look forward to continuing as they are older.
  • Stick to a set family dinner or family game or movie night at least once a week on a set day. Pick one day a week where everyone can commit to work their schedules around needing to be home for that specific set day.
  • Encourage your children to support and encourage each of their siblings. This can be done during weekly get togethers. Help them to build strong relationships with each other so they always have a built in friend to turn to.

Teach your family about loyalty with this month’s free character study printable pack:

Our Character Counts planner teach you how to plan a month long study on the character trait of Loyalty. Our open and go planners are customizable. You can pick and choose what you would like to use for your family. You can use them anytime in the year since they are undated. We like to print ours and keep them in a tabbed binder. We have a nice large collection of them as we download them each month. These are great to pull out if there is a specific character trait that you need to work on in your home.

Many families use these for a morning Bible time in their homeschool. These planners are designed to be simple and fun, with activities for your entire family to participate in together. This is great for family time and has there are fun conversation starters. Yes, even parents can benefit too! 

Check out what’s inside:

  • Character Quality Family Checklist Worksheet
  • 4 Week Study on Loyalty
  • Analyze and Evaluation Sheets
  • Character Trait Planning Worksheets
  • Loyalty Printable Posters and Scripture Posters
  • Loyalty and Your Gifts
  • Family Loyalty Brainstorming Session Sheets
  • Loyalty Study Worksheets for Kids
  • Certificate of Completion

The directions on how to download your free Character Counts Planner are sent in each weekly ezine. The planner access information is always located at the bottom of each email. If you are not signed up, you can sign up HERE.

 

Teaching Your Family About Being Available FREE Character Study

We live in a busy, busy world. There are so many things to distract us and keep us from being personal with others. Sometimes we don’t know when to drop everything and be available for those that need us to be. It is important to teach your family about being available and this month’s free character study can help.

Character Counts Availability Character Planner text with Available now image.

Being available to other people is an act of unselfishness. It means that we are able to put down whatever it is that we are working on and doing at that moment. In doing so, we are able to be available to meet the needs of others.

Sometimes we can feel like a home project is important and a priority. Yet, if we get the call from a friend or family member that need us to help them with something, are we able to drop what we are doing to be available?

There have been many times that I was in the middle of a project. Usually during a nap time, the only time I had to get anything done. If a friend called and needed a listening ear I would have to choose to pause that project and be available. It isn’t always easy, but it is important to foster those friendships and relationships. This is what God calls us to do and to be.

When we sacrifice our time it shows a great example to our children. It teaches them that they can learn that you can balance doing things and also being available for the needs of others.

How do you teach your family to be available?

  • First, you teach by example, like I spoke about above. When our children seeing us able to stop what we are doing, they will learn they can do that to. That they can balance what they have going on to be available.
  • Second, you can teach this with practical ideas and activities like those in this month’s character study. Availability is spending time together as a family, changing our plans to accommodate
    others, putting our family first.
  • Lastly, you listen. Being available also means being able to sit down and listen when our children need us to. When we are good listeners we are able to discern better what people may need from us.

Teach your family how to be more available with this month’s free character study printable pack:

Our Character Counts planner will show you how to plan out a month long study on the character trait of Availability.  This is an open and go planner and is also customizable. You can pick and choose what you would like to use for your family. They are also undated which means you can use them anytime in the year.

My family likes to keep the planners in one big character binder. These are great if you have a certain issue that needs to be focused on in your family. You can pull them out and work on that trait as you see fit. Many families use these as morning Bible time in their homeschool. These planners are designed to be simple and fun, with activities for your entire family to participate in together. Yes, even parents can benefit too!

Check out what’s inside:

  • Character Quality Family Checklist Worksheet
  • 4 Week Study on Availability vs. Selfishness and Self Centeredness
  • Analyze and Evaluation Sheets
  • Character Trait Planning Worksheets
  • Availability Printable Posters
  • Availability and Your Gifts
  • Family Brainstorming Session Sheets
  • Availability Study Worksheets for Kids
  • Certificate of Completion

The directions on how to download your free Character Counts Planner are sent in each weekly ezine. The planner access information is always located at the bottom of each email. If you are not signed up, you can sign up HERE.