Value the Intangible
One question that is often asked on this site is, “What is it that [I] would do to help young kids and teens?” My answer to that is a simple one; it is to teach them what character is how to practically apply it in everyday circumstances. I am not sure that all kids and teens can tell you what character really is, let alone tell you how to apply it. Helping them identify what character is will be the first step to making them more aware and conscious of their ignorant ways and actions. Kids and teens have a desire to naturally improve their lives but do not always know how to go about doing it. You should teach them that it is “cool” to operate with the utmost character and function with class at all times.
Have your children, nieces, nephews, cousins, siblings or whoever it is you’re attempting to influence describe to you in depth what character means to them. Ask them how they apply their own description of character daily. Describe to them that in order to be self-sufficient in this world you have to have character all day every day. Help them identify the best parts of their idols and role models, when it comes to character. Help them to realize that if it wasn’t for that person’s character, they wouldn’t be where they are today. You have to assist them in seeing beyond a person’s celebrity. Remember that character births your attitude and your attitude dictates your latitude.