• 52 Character Building Thoughts for Children
    By Leah Davies, M.Ed

       1. How I look is not as important as how I act.

    1. I treat others the way I want them to treat me.

    2. I am a good sport; I follow the rules, take turns and play fair.

    3. It is okay to laugh at funny things, but not to laugh at others.

    4. I do not gossip; if I cannot say anything helpful, I do not say anything at all.

    5. When I am sad, I help myself feel better by thinking of things that are good in my life.

    6. In order to have friends, I must act in a kind way.

    7. I believe that I am someone who can do important things.

    8. What I say and how I say it tells others the kind of person I am.

    9. I appreciate my family, my teachers, and my school.

    10. I treat everyone with respect.

    11. When I listen, I show others that I care about them.

    12. I am being a good citizen when I volunteer to help others.

    13. I think for myself and make smart choices that are good for me.

    14. Each day offers a new start to do my best.

    15. I try to understand what my friends are feeling.

    16. Everyone makes mistakes, so instead of getting angry with myself, I try to do better.

    17. I do not give up; I keep trying until I can do my work.

    18. Sharing with others makes me feel good and makes them feel good too.

    19. I work out my problems without hurting myself or others.

    20. I am being polite when I wait for my turn and say please and thank you.

    21. When I smile at people, they usually smile back.

    22. I encourage my friends to do their best.

    23. My values guide me to do what is right.

    24. I am honest; I do not cheat or steal.

    25. When I am angry, I use self-control and do not hurt others.

    26. I am being creative when I dance, draw, paint or write a poem or story.

    27. I say, "No!" to things that could hurt my body like tobacco and alcohol.

    28. When I do what I say I will do, I am being responsible.

    29. I am grateful for what I have, so I share with others.

    30. I try to learn something new each day.

    31. When things do not go my way, I stop and think of what I can do to make them better.

    32. I do not make fun of other children because I don't know what their life is like.

    33. I feel successful when I do my best.

    34. Everyone has good and bad feelings.

    35. I take care of myself by eating healthy food, exercising and getting enough rest.

    36. I am being punctual when I am on time and do not keep people waiting.

    37. When I cooperate with others, I get more done.

    38. I follow the rules and try to make my school a better place.

    39. I like to get to know children who are different from me.

    40. Since I tell the truth, my friends trust me.

    41. I look for what is good in others and I say what I like about them.

    42. I buy only what I need and I save my money.

    43. When I use my time wisely, there is usually enough time to do what I want to do.

    44. I think before I act; how I act affects how others treat me.

    45. Using manners helps me keep my friends.

    46. I have courage to stand up for children who are teased.

    47. Before I do something, I ask myself, "Is it safe?"

    48. I am me -- I do not try to be like someone else.

    49. I care about living things on earth so I recycle and do not litter.

    50. When I write down what I think and feel, I learn about myself.

    51. I plan ahead and think about what I want to do when I grow up.