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Introducing our children to stories and experiences that model the virtues are important for their development in cultivating a virtuous and purposeful life.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church tells us:
A virtue is a firm attitude to do what is right. Its direct opposite is a vice. A vice is a habit to do what is wrong. Prudence, justice, fortitude and temperance are called the human or cardinal virtues because they forge our human character. These four habits assist us in developing a pure heart that is open to God’s will.
“The moral virtues grow through education, deliberate acts and perseverance in struggle. Divine grace (God’s special help that strengthens us) purifies and elevates the virtues in our lives.”
Catechism of the Catholic Church #1839
I hope you will enjoy the straight forward and easily understandable explanations and resources prepared to help you teach and model the virtues.
Fr. Art Flores, OMI
This Month’s Virtue is: Responsibility
Doing what is needed without being asked or reminded.
- Explain to your child that the choices they make impact others, including their family, their friends, classmates and teachers.
Share with your child that God has a plan for all of us. This is called our vocation- what God calls us to do.
- As a child, their vocation is to say yes and do what is needed without being asked or reminded. This is how they can learn to be responsible.
Take time to evaluate if you are setting a proper example of responsibility for your child.
Create a chart of chores for your child, or use this one, chores can include:
- – Make your bed each morning – Tidy your room
– Help take out the garbage – Complete your homework
– Help wash the dishes – Put dirty clothes in the hamper
– Help pack your lunch – Turn off the lights when not in use
- Every time they complete a chore, they can check it off.
- Identify your child’s strengths and weaknesses in chores and assist them if needed.
- Explain to your child that keeping order is important because when we keep order we are being responsible.
- Talk to your child about the importance of following through. Sometimes if we forget or we make a mistake, it’s important to admit that mistake as that is also taking responsibility.
- Acknowledge your child’s mistakes, discipline if necessary and try to be consistent. Sometimes disciplining is harder on us then it is on them so be sure you can carry out whatever you say you will.
- Do not make excuses for their mistakes.
- Remind your child to pray:
Jesus, help me to do what is needed without being asked or reminded
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