Values for Children: Determination

Want to teach your children values? Below, you will find tips, tools, and resources to teach them about Determination.

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What is Determination?


Determination is never giving up, no matter what!  A determined person decides to do something, and then does it!
“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” Galatians 6:9
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Let’s Talk About Determination

  • Puzzles can be frustrating.  Invite your children to solve one, but don’t let them give up!
  • No one likes to hear people complain.  Squelch the habit by establishing strict consequences for fussing.  Refuse to converse with them if they are complaining about their work.  They may be persuaded to approach you with a different tone if you add more tasks in return for their whining.
  • Do not allow your children to do a special activity or sport and then quit right away when it becomes difficult.  Make them finish!  If they fuss, complain, or refuse, establish consequences for not keeping their commitment.
  • Praise them lavishly, act surprised at their accomplishments, and recognize even a hint of determination.
Have tips on teaching children about determination?  Please leave a comment below!

Books that Teach Determination

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The classic tale of perseverance and determination.  Help your child understand that the right attitude and belief in yourself helps you accomplish your goals.  Ages 2+



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An inspiring true story.  Philo Farnsworth was just 14 went he thought of the idea.  He then worked hard to turn his dream into a reality.


Character and Social Development Curriculum
These eBooks are full of ideas to foster Biblical virtues in your children.  Character Building speaks directly to parents about the most important traits to develop in children.  Social Etiquette speaks directly to children about good manners and social skills.  Ages 2-6
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Activities that Teach Values: Determination


The Cookie Game

Give the child a cookie and tell them to put it on their forehead. In order to eat the cookie they have to get it in their mouth
from their forehead without touching the cookie. If the cookie falls on the floor, they have to try again. Encourage the child to keep trying until they eat the cookie!

The Never Give Up Hike

Physical activity is always good for determination. No goal was ever met without a little sweat.
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5 Tips to Building Perseverance

Perseverance and determination go hand in hand. One is the mindset the other is the action!
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Art/Project Display

Displaying your children’s projects and art around the house encourages them to finish what they have started.

Pot Holder Loom Activity

Challenging your child to complete an activity like this fosters
concentration, fine motor skills, and the satisfaction of a job well done.
They may get discouraged, but don’t allow their project to go unfinished.
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  1. says

    I have read your beautiful philosophy of education for children and am very impressed by it. I see lots of great ideas here that I can use with my grandchildren!

  2. says

    Thanks for your post. Puzzles are a great idea for teaching determination. I’ve found with my kids that yo-yos, juggling, skateboarding, jump roping, or any fun but challenging activity (something that does not come instantly) can be beneficial. I think it’s key for kids to see parents also using determination, long-term effort, to get things done. I started karate with my boys, so they got to watch me stumble around with them as a white belt–which I’m sure they enjoyed. But I think it helped them learn determination.

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