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Building good character is a process

Recently there’s a proposal for a special two-month national summer camp for our teenagers so they may learn to accept their differences and live in harmony.

It caters for ‘character building for our children especially teenagers’ who have just a few short months before they leave for higher learning and begin making a life for themselves.

It is crucial for teens to develop good character so they can be mentally equipped to make wise, moral decisions and overcome any obstacles life throws their way.

Most camps will eventually results participants to end up leading and more successful lives.

The proposal sounds good except that we don’t have four seasons in Malaysia; maybe character building camps will be good.

Some of the teen youngsters had attended the National Service Training Program or (Program Latihan Khidmat Negara) which was scrapped out in 2018 and was replaced by a new program under Kementerian Belia dan Sukan.

The said new programme is currently held in four stages that will ensure a continuous youth development programme from basic to high level.

Besides the Outward Bound School module that embraces leadership qualities, the programme would also utilize the existing BTN camps and facilities under the ministry and it would be held for 10 to 14 days.

A total of 200 top participants from the second stage will then be selected for the Malaysia Future Leaders School (third stage) that adopts the Japanese Future Leaders School programme and to be trained as future leaders of the country and in the corporate sector.

The fourth stage will see the placement of the third-stage participants in the programmes such as Perdana Fellowship and Corporate Fellowship that will allow participants to participate in mentor-mentee sessions with the cabinet ministers and leading figures in the corporate sector. (Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman, 2018)

But then, good character does not happen on its own. It is the result of years of learned behavior as well as strong mentoring.

Character development must be prioritized should you want your teen to become an upright individual.

Though there are hundreds of other descriptive words, character is simply ethics in action or as J.C. Watts once said: “Character is doing the right thing when nobody’s looking.”

Respect and trust is reason enough to develop excellent character.

Good character truly does matter in life because the choices of today impact the future of tomorrow.

Strengthening your teen’s character will also position him or her for greater career advancement.

All institutions want:

A moral individual who can be trusted with people and money.

A reliable person with a strong work ethic and a commitment to quality.

A responsible person will make wise choices and hold him or herself accountable.

A team player who respects others and helps others to achieve a greater goal.

Good character is of even greater importance to the self-employed.

No one wants to employ someone with a reputation for being unavailable or undependable, delivering lousy work or cheaters.

Teens with grounded character also grow up to be the most responsible leaders in government and their communities.

Teaching teens key traits, such as responsibility, hard work and honesty, in their formative years will give them the best chance at lifelong success.

When it comes to character development, actions speak louder than words.

Teens will usually adopt the character traits, good or bad, that they observe the most from parents, teachers, friends and relatives.

Though you cannot control what others do, your everyday actions can teach your child integrity.

Character development is a process.

Parents must help their children to mature into an honorable person by teaching the ethics and values that will guide their behavior early on.

Parents should also address and correct inappropriate behaviors and administer consequences for poor choices and set examples through out their everyday life.

Allow and support them into Uniformed Bodies like Boy Scouts or Girl Scouts troop, sign him or her up.

The whole purpose of these organizations is to instill time-honored values in young people who they can be prepared to make moral and ethical choices. But what really happened to our Uniformed Bodies Associations?

Teenagers may not understand or appreciate what you are trying to instill in him or her, but your adult son or daughter just might thank you for it someday.

Smart decisions have rewards, but poor decisions have consequences that can spoil future opportunities.
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