Character – Fathers Must Lead By Example – Dudes To Dads Ep 42

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A Father must lead by example and the character of the person is of utter importance.  In this espisode, Jason and Alan discuss how crucial it is to have good character for our kids but also provide some ways to develop good character in our children.  Jason begin the episode with a quote from Marilyn Price-Mitchell, PhD: “Character, not beauty, high test scores, or wealth – account for life satisfaction.”  The guys then go on to share 21 tips for building character taken from Dr. Helen LeGette’s book, “Parents, Kids & Character: Twenty-One Strategies to Help Your Children Develop Good Character.”  This book was written in 1999 and the tips appear on  The guys review the tips and offer explanation throughout:

  1. Model good character in the home.
  2. Be clear about your values.
  3. Show respect for your spouse, your children, and other family members.
  4. Model and teach your children good manners.
  5. Have family meals together without television as often as possible.
  6. Plan as many family activities as possible. Involve your children in the planning.
  7. Get actively involved in your children’s school life, both at school and at home.
  8. Don’t provide your children access to alcohol or drugs.
  9. Plan family service projects or civic activities.
  10. Read to our children and keep good literature in the home.
  11. Limit your children’s spending money.
  12. Discuss the holidays and their meanings.
  13. Capitalize on the “teachable moment.”
  14. Assign home responsibilities to all family members.
  15. Set clear expectations for your children and hold them accountable for their actions.
  16. Keep your children busy in positive activities.
  17. Learn to say no and mean it.
  18. Know where your children are, what they are doing, and with whom.
  19. Refuse to cover for your children or make excuses for their inappropriate behavior.
  20. Know what television shows, videos, and


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