Parenting: Child’s Self Respect and Character Development

Two things are essential to character development: (1)the admirable qualities that formulate character and (2) a strong sense of self-respect, which will enable a person to control his conduct.

There is an intimate interrelationship between a child’s developing character and his ideas and attitudes pertaining to himself. Repeated verdicts about being “bad” or “good” will now directly influence his character. Throughout his childhood, the many “shoulds” and “oughts” that he has heard begin to formulate the ideals and aspirations that he now decides to live up to. Hence, all indications of your child’s standards of behavior are nurtured by repeated positive reinforcement.


A child may have many admirable traits, but if he has no self-respect, he will have little desire to display his admirable qualities or may do so only sporadically. So it is self-respect that is the determining factor in character development. Although it is the sum total of a person’s morals that determines the qualities of character and conduct a child will have, self-respect gives consistency to the behavior.

Two things are essential to character development:

  • The admirable qualities that formulate character
  • A strong sense of self-respect, which will enable a person to control his conduct

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  1. great post

  2. Good Post

  3. Nice Share.


  4. A nice share

  5. Nice Post…….

    thanks for share.

  6. Well written.The self-esteem (or lack of it), is partly acquired, partly genetic (this is my dilettante opinion, I judge from myself). It took me many years of conscious work with myself to reach a ‘proper’ level of self esteem, even though I cannot say I was treated in a bad way in childhood. These are things you get from your parent(s).. Your post made me think about this again )

  7. Nice Share.

  8. nice post. thanks

  9. Very useful information for parents.

  10. nice topic…well written

  11. Very useful information.

  12. Well said

  13. Good information. I recall from Ed Psych class that a child’s character is pretty much set by age 4, and after that external influences have far less impact on character development. Those early years are so important for teaching values and morals.

  14. You said it. Very important info.

  15. Well researched and well presented. You are excellent at this type of article and I enjoy reading them, thank you.

  16. You did a nice job detailing the fine points to consider with this topic.

  17. Useful tips. Parents should read this. Thanks for sharing.

  18. A good post

  19. These are a must read for parents and put to practice.Good article as always.

  20. Parents and all adults caring for children should always take note of this. Very well presented and makes a lot of sense. :-)

  21. A great article as always! Thanks!

  22. another great article here!

  23. Great post.thanks for useful information.

  24. Great article.

  25. i think you are ideal parent or you parents are ideal..great advice..

  26. Excellent Post! Thank you for sharing this.

  27. Very helpful post specially for parents and soon-be- parents.

  28. Some good information for parents, gift.

  29. Great insight.

  30. very good parenting tips.

  31. Totally agree with you especially on self respect, I think it is key

  32. Excellent points, parenting is a tough job and many parents do not take it seriously enough, focusing more on their paying job than on their kids.

  33. i agree to Nelson. parenting is really tough and mostly taken for granted by people. good points. =)

  34. Now thats a very important topic indeed.

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