character traits for kids

3 Qualities to Instill in Your Children

Over the years, I coached a lot of players and there were certain qualities I looked for. When we had a team full of players with these qualities, it typically led to a winning team. When I compare my coaching career and my parenting experience, there are character traits for kids that I’m trying to pass on that I saw in players on our winning teams.

Here are 3 qualities of players that I want to pass on to my kids.

1. Being a Teammate

A teammate wants to be a part of a group, not necessarily the star. This person will do his or her part to make the team successful. In our family, if Lauren and I are the head coaches, we try to instill in our kids that they are teammates with their siblings. In order for our family life to work well, they each need to put their own desires second to the goals of the group.

The best players are the hardest workers. It’s not a coincidence.

2. Being a Dedicated Hardworker

The best players are the hardest workers. It’s not a coincidence. If our kids are going to be successful, then they need to develop a good work ethic and self-discipline. They need to strengthen areas where they are weak and refine their natural abilities.

3. Overcoming Adversity

One of the best qualities good players possess is learning from a loss, but not letting it crush them. They have the ability to grow from failure and then move on with perseverance. Our kids are going to experience disappointment and adversity, but they need to learn how to overcome them.

Sound off: What are some other important character traits for kids?

Huddle up with your kids and ask, “Who is someone you admire and why?”