The most effective character training is rooted in a strong parent-child relationship. (My book, 30 Ways in 30 Days to Save Your Family, offers a realistic, practical plan to strengthen your family relationships in the midst of a challenging culture.) So take stock of your relationships and work to improve them, even as you take steps to strengthen your child’s character.
Character training is not a mystery! It’s been part of the “job” of parenting forever; helpful resources abound. For starters, check out Focus on the Family’s “Character Crew,” which focuses on specific virtues in separate lessons, providing guidance for you and activities for your children.
The now-classic Book of Virtues offers character-related and inspiring stories for read-alouds and Dr. Kevin Leman’s book, Have a New Kid By Friday, gives parents concrete, short-term solutions to character-related problems.
Fortunately for Joanna—and for her son—God’s mercy is bigger than our problems.
Repentant spirits and humble hearts help us discover that He can bring great good out of the most dire situations. For Joanna’s family, the real goals of parenting have finally pulled into focus. With hard work and prayer, they can hope for the best.