Conference to share character lessons with children

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By Amber Coulter

A new conference is aimed at teaching children about manners and respect.

The Character Kids Conference on Saturday is designed to teach loyalty, responsibility and other traits with which some children seem to need more guidance, said Beth Nickels, administrator and pastor’s wife at Lakeside Worship Center.

“In today’s society, children are lacking good character traits, things that their parents might not think to teach,” she said.

Nickels said not practicing good manners or demonstrating good character habits probably comes from children not understanding well enough what they should do, rather than an unwillingness to practice good behavior.

The conference is meant to organize attending children into four groups, which will rotate between activity-driven lessons. The lessons cover manners, responsibility and integrity, friendship and respect.

Children will discuss topics such as how to stand up for friends being bullied and how to avoid being a bully. Classes also will emphasize behaviors such as giving up seats to older people and opening car doors for women, Nickels said.

The idea is to build a better value system in the world, one that emphasizes loyalty to friends and responsibility, she said.

“I think children, or even adults, are lacking that now,” she said.

Registration begins at 9:40 a.m. Saturday, and the conference is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m at Lakeside Worship Center on Ring Road in Elizabethtown.

Lunch is provided.

The idea to host the conference came from a similar program in Burkesville. Students were bused from schools to participate, Nickels said.

“It was a big, community wide event, and it went great,” she said.

If this event is successful, Nickels hopes the church will host more like it. She hopes it will continue and grow.

Response to the planned conference has been positive, she said.

Nickels hopes the lessons inspire togetherness in the children who attend and help them become better stewards of the community and better citizens.

Amber Coulter can be reached at (270) 505-1746 or acoulter@thenewsenterprise.com.