July 15, 2011 // Franchising.com // Instilling a strong sense of right and wrong in children is just as important as teaching them how to read and write. This plays a role in their interaction with other children and how they will behave in social and classroom settings. Even with an emphasis on character building, recent news stories confirm many children continue to get picked on and bullied by their peers.
"Bullying is often about power and control of another person," says Leslie Coleman, director of training for Kiddie Academy, a national child care and education franchisor. "If you allow your child to have some control by giving him or her choices, it will help lessen their desire to seek control or power by manipulating another child."
Parents can use everyday occurrences as teachable moments to instill positive values in their children, Coleman says. "It is never too early to start teaching lessons on right and wrong. Even infants - understand when language like 'gentle hands' or 'biting hurts' is used."
Kiddie Academy uses a Character Education Program as part of their curriculum in which they focus on a different character trait each month. Below are a few of the key character traits that Coleman recommends parents tie into activities and learning opportunities:
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For more than 29 years, Kiddie Academy® has been a leader in education-based child care. The company serves families and their children ages 6 weeks to 12 years old, offering full time care, before- and after-school care and summer camp programs. Kiddie Academy's proprietary Life Essentials® curriculum, supporting programs, methods, activities and techniques help prepare children for life. Kiddie Academy is accredited by AdvancEd, signifying its commitment to quality education and the highest standards in child care. For more information, visit www.kiddieacademy.com.