Recipe for Good Character

Text Books and Life Skills

What is a recipe? To me, a recipe puts things together, you add, you mix, you chill or bake, using a mixer, a fork or a hook, you build it until it’s exactly how you want it to look.Then you hope that the outcome is all you had hoped for and if it is not, you try it again until it’s exactly what you want. A recipe can be a tradition, a favorite or a new one, It can be a ‘recipe for disaster’ a ‘recipe for success’ or a food recipe. A recipe can be from your mom, your grandma, a friend, or a family member, but, know that there are a lot of recipes that  are shared and tried and continue to be improved or implemented with.  I’d like to share a recipe with you that is tried and true. It’s a recipe for building good character.Today, my recipe is for building good character.

What is character? I always say; “It is who you are when nobody is looking.” When you stop to reflect on the person that you have become, who do you attribute your character to? When we are constantly remodeling who we are so that we can be the best we can be, how do you get there? As a parent, a grandparent, or an adult etc. it is up to us to teach a child to make good choices.

This is one of my favorite recipes:


First, patience is required, add additional ingredients as needed. Keep in mind that a good recipe takes time, sometimes it needs to be adjusted.

Ingredients you need are: good behavior, perseverance, friendship, healthy habits, good manners, respect, responsibility, self-esteem and kindness. Mix slowly, add more ingredients as needed and always enjoy the outcome.

Add an ounce of perseverance, then mix in half a cup of good behavior, fold in plenty of healthy habits together with a plate full of responsibility, a cup of kindness, continue to mix in a a tablespoon of respect, kneed in good manners and sprinkle with friendship and form a pliable dough with self-esteem. You can bake this or chill in the refrigerator at your own temperature. Share it with others and remember to be of good character.

What is the old cliché’, “Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.” – Benjamin Franklin, I feel these words are powerful and so very true to form.

What is the old cliché’, “Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.” – Benjamin Franklin,

These my friends, are words to live by.


Joni Downey,
Creator & Owner