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Your Legacy - Part 2

When you think about leaving a legacy, what do you think of? In discussing it with my wife, we think of the character traits that we want our kids to have and how we are teaching them to have them. For example, we want our kids to be kind, loving, and full of wisdom. So how are we teaching them to be kind, loving, and full of wisdom?

First of all, it comes down to how we are living our lives. In other words, I can't just tell my kids to be kind. I need to show them how to be kind by being kind myself. When someone is mean towards me, my kids to to see and hear me being kind in return. They need to see me showing kindness to people who may never doing anything in return for me. Remember, character traits are more caught then taught. Our kids will learn far more by what they see us doing then what we tell them they should do.

So what are the character traits that you want to pass on to your kids and what are you doing to instill in them those character traits?


  • Traycee 4 years ago

    I think you are right on the money with this one Jason! Our children see and absorb more than we can ever TELL them to be...thanks for the reminder on how to really parent our children...

  • Anonymous 4 years ago

    I would have to agree with you! Children copy what they see...and if they see kindness, they repeat that, as well as, anger. So you are right when you post the question, what are the character traits we want to leave our children? Thank you for writing that article.

  • Anonymous 4 years ago

    That's true UNTIL they get out into the influences outside you and the family. .... That is the acid test and they will be eaten alive for Biblical value they embrace. You will have to pray and trust the Lord to see them through the ups and downs of early adulthood. You cannot shelter them from the truth of what is out there. They will see it in living color. Home schoolers are notorious for not believing this -- but each and every family I was connected with experienced some HUGE challenges with college-adult transitions. So yes, teach them, train them, but know that you are NOT guaranteed anything when they begin to think on their own. Your prayers then will be more important then modeling what you are now.

  • Anonymous 4 years ago

    This is so right. We have to teach by's how we all are impacted in this life. If it weren't for good examples, where would we be?!