Building good character is necessary to successfully meet life's challenges. But it doesn't just happen...it's up to all of us to teach young people right from wrong. The Hodgeman County Sheriff's Office proudly supports the CHARACTERCOUNTS program and every member of the agency is committed to setting an example for our youth through our words and actions by being a T.E.A.M. player.
TEACH children that their character counts. Explain that their success and happiness depends on who they are on the inside, not on what they have or how they look. Teach the Six Pillars of Character: trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship.
ENFORCE the six pillars of character. Reward good behavior with praise and discourage bad behavior by imposing fair, consistent consequences. Demonstrate courage and firmness by enforcing these core values even when it is difficult or costly to do so.
ADVOCATE character. Continually encourage kids to live up to the six pillars of character. Don't be nuetral about the importance of character and don't be casual about inappropriate conduct. Be clear and uncompromising in your expectations that your children will be trustworthy, respectful, responsible, fair, caring and good citizens.
MODEL good behavior. Everything you say and do sends a message about your values. Be sure these messages reinforce your lessons about doing the right thing, even when it is difficult. When you slip, be accountable; apologize sincerely and do better!
Think before you act! Ask yourself:
Have I thought about the way my choices are likely to help or hurt other people?
Am I living the six Pillars of Character...even if I have to give up something that I want?
If I cannot find a way to live up to one of the Six Pillar values without sacrificing another, am I making the best choice for the future?