Qualities of a Well-Rounded Child

pride in appearanceHere’s a list of qualities that I feel describes a well-rounded child:

He is able to embrace and appreciate “alone time.”

This is a valuable skill that is possessed by less and less children these days.

He is able to delay gratification.

In other words: He is patient!

He is able to see both sides of an issue.

This is a special “skill” that many adults lack!

He appreciates and has a respect for diversity.

He is not bothered in the least bit by people that are “different” than him.

He is vigilant.

He is aware of his surroundings and is alert to potential safety issues and/or concerns. He is observant.

He knows when to “drop it.”

Sometimes arguments just aren’t worth the time and effort that goes into having them. A well-rounded child knows when to drop the issue and how to bow out gracefully.

He is appreciative.

“Thank you” is not something that goes unsaid. He shows his appreciation when appropriate…and that appreciation appears to be genuine.

He is able and willing to put others first.

This one is self-explanatory…and well-rounded children do this without being asked.

He is optimistic.

Instead of dwelling on the negatives, this child looks “at the bright side” of any given situation. He keeps things positive and refrains from negativity.

He learns from his mistakes.

Enough said.

He takes responsibility for his actions.

Rather than making up silly excuses and/or blaming others, this child takes full responsibility for his actions and accepts any repercussions that might result.

He takes good care of his mind and his body.

He eats healthy while keeping junk food to a minimum. He reads and seems to enjoy learning.  He avoids harmful substances such as tobacco, alcohol, and drugs.  He gets regular exercise and possibly even plays a sport.  He might even play an instrument or participate in a school club.

He does things in moderation.

Video games don’t rule his day. An endless barrage of sweets isn’t necessary in order for him to make it through the day.  He spends time doing a variety of activities…with a variety of friends. He is able to put his mobile device away for an hour or two at a time without going spastic!  You get the idea!

Can you think of any other qualities that well-rounded children possess?