• 52 Character Building Thoughts for Children

    By Leah Davies, M.Ed


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    11.      I treat everyone with respect.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    23.    I encourage my friends to do their best.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    31.     I try to learn something new each day.

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

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

    34.    I feel successful when I do my best.

    35.    Everyone has good and bad feelings.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    46.    Using manners helps me keep my friends.

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

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

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

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

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

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