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Character Traits

Updated on January 21, 2013

Teaching Character to Children

Characters of Character has more to offer than just community visits. Our characters have a meaning behind them, and we want you to know about them. Characters of Character has an extensive character education program (among other products and services) that goes along with our adorable animals. We focus on nine character traits, which you can read about below.

We take pride in our program, and our organization. Characters of Character believes that reaching children at an early age is key to creating a better society for everyone. The younger that the child is introduce to these traits, the easier it becomes for that child to internalize the trait and continue forward with making better decisions, and building character in themselves.

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Why our organization works to reach children

~Our organization uses 9 animals to provide children with an outlet to be creative while internalizing core values

~It's nationwide. We believe that every child deserves the opportunity to feel confident, understand kindness, and develop emotional and social relationships no matter where they are located, or based on things like race or gender. Every child deserves to feel special, as they should!

~Characters of Character now offers classroom visits for children to meet the Characters in costume. It's another reinforcement for the child to want to use their good character.

~We focus on children pre-k through late elementary. The Characters may not always play an active role in the child's life, but the relationship has already been formed thus allowing them to make better decisions as they continue to grow.

~Children identify easily with the characters

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Behavior Bear

I am Behavior Bear. I help you to make good choices. You are responsible for the choices that you make everyday. When I make the right decision, I feel proud. When I make a wrong choice, I don't feel so good. I feel good when I am well behaved! If you have good behavior then you have CHARACTER!

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do'er duck, perseverance, character education, character ed, duck, i know you can, never give up

Do'er Duck

I am Do'er Duck. I help teach you that if a task seems too hard at first, try again. If it still seems difficult, ask someone for a helping hand. Never give up. If you try it, you can do it! Persevere!

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Friendship Frog

I am Friendship Frog. I remind you that friends are helpful and honest with each other. A real friend cares about how you feel. Friends make friends feel special.

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healthy hippo, hippo, character education, characters of character, character ed, character raits, health traits

Healthy Hippo

I am Healthy Hippo. I help to remind you that good health is important. Eating a good diet, exercising your body and mind, and saying no to drugs are part of being healthy.

Tune Into Good Character

Tune Into Good Character
Tune Into Good Character

Our first self-published book, Tune Into Good Character, is a great children's book to introduce each Character and the trait that they represent. Through the use of musical instruments, each Character describes the struggles and achievements that they've had. Makes a great gift idea! We had someone order a copy for each of her grandchildren last Christmas, and they LOVED them.

 
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Manners Monkey

I am Manners Monkey. I help to remind you to use your good manners in everything that you do. In school, I raise my hand and wait my turn. I always use polite words like 'please' and 'thank you'.

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Respectful Rabbit

I am Respectful Rabbit. I help teach you to be respectful to yourself and to others. When I show respect to the earth and to the people around me, I am respectful.

Is it worth teaching?

Should character education be taught in schools?

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healthy hippo, hippo, character education, characters of character, character ed, character raits, health traits, award winning character program

An introduction to Characters of Character

Characters of Character began in 1999 when Joni Downey, creator and founder, was working in a BD/LD classroom as a teaching assistant. In order for the students to relate to the character traits that were being taught Joni created 9 animals to correspond with the traits. This allowed the students to establish a connection with the trait being discussed, such as good manners and appropriate behavior. Joni first saw the impact of her characters when the students in her classroom were able to put on a display for the students throughout the school.

Her students, coming up with the concept on their own, turned their classroom into a jungle as a stage for their play. Although there was help from adults in the process of creating the jungle the students were in charge of performing the skit they had written for the other classrooms. The students had created a play involving 9 core values including perseverance, friendship and respect which they performed in the 'jungle' that was once their classroom. Since seeing the impact that her characters have on children Joni has made it her goal to continue reaching out with her characters by allowing them to make positive changes in the lives of children.

In 2007 Characters of Character was incorporate as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. With the help of donations from people like you, corporations and philanthropies Characters of Character has continued to make an optimistic impact in the lives of children.

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Responsible Rabbit

I am Responsible Rabbit. I help to teach you that you are responsible for yourself, your school work, and your attitude. I choose to be responsible wherever I go.

We want to know!

Who is your favorite character?

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self-esteem elephant, elephant, teaching self esteem

Self-Esteem Elephant

I am Self-Esteem Elephant. I help to build confidence. I have a special talent and it makes me feel proud when I can share it with others.

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Warm-Hearted Walrus

I am Warm-Hearted Walrus. Just by considering other people's feelings shows that I am kind. It makes me feel happy when I include others while playing with my friends!

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      CofCJenny LM 4 years ago

      @socialcx1: You're welcome!

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      socialcx1 4 years ago

      What a lovely fun lens. Thanks

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      CofCJenny LM 4 years ago

      @Cynthia Haltom: I agree Chaltom, and I'd like to add, as I was growing up, character education wasn't even a mention, we were automatically taught to use good manners, or to be respectful of others, however, today, it's a changing world. I hope we can help society with our Characters of Character.

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      Cynthia Haltom 4 years ago from Diamondhead

      Good character education starts in the home. Many people think that the educational system is solely responsible and their poor character traits don't affect their children. We all know it does and children are affected by everyone they come in contact with and everything they see on TV and video games.

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      CofCJenny LM 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Thank you.

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      CofCJenny LM 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Poor character :(

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      CofCJenny LM 4 years ago

      @DecoratingMom411: You're very welcome!

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      CofCJenny LM 4 years ago

      @CristianStan: Thank you Cristian, and we couldn't agree more, any positive impact we can leave with children is a plus!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      it helped me a lot as a teen :) even I can't hear it from adults:))))))))))))))))

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      CristianStan 4 years ago

      Good characters is what we need most in society now, so glad this organization is doing such a good job

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      DecoratingMom411 4 years ago

      The kids would love this! They are always amazed with different pictures of animals. Thank you for sharing this nice lens.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Really interesting ideas. Great lens ...Good to know about them...

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      awesome nice one!!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: yeah bitch

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      nice ideas

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      mariacarbonara 4 years ago

      Really interesting ideas. Great lens

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      CofCJenny LM 4 years ago

      @KatPalmer LM: Thank you Kat, we think you are Warm-Hearted for sharing!

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      KatPalmer LM 4 years ago

      I love this! Great idea, kids love and relate to animal characters. My favorite is Warm hearted Walrus!

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      CofCJenny LM 4 years ago

      @Thamisgith: Thank you for visiting us, you know we can be brought into the UK, just visit us at www.charctersofcharacter.org or email joni@charactersofcharacter.org for more information!

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      Thamisgith 4 years ago

      These sound like fantastic ways to teach kids to be good members of society and to get along with others. I wish we had something like this here in the UK.

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      CofCJenny LM 4 years ago

      @laptop89: Thank you kindly.

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      laptop89 4 years ago

      Good ideas , nice lens.

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      rooshoo 4 years ago

      Healthy Hippo is my favorite!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      kool ideas

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      CofCJenny LM 4 years ago

      @philipcott: Thanks.

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      BTOReilly 4 years ago

      This is a great idea.

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      CofCJenny LM 4 years ago

      @ShilohWhenkey: Thank you it truly is important!

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      CofCJenny LM 4 years ago

      @BTOReilly: Thankyou!

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      CofCJenny LM 4 years ago

      @philipcott: Thankyou.

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      philipcott 4 years ago

      Nice

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @Onemargaret LM: Thank you very much! We hope you'll visit our website often for updates or subscribe to our newsletter if you haven't already. You have a great weekend as well.

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      ShilohWhenkey 4 years ago

      A great lens indeed! Teaching kids character is very important.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      it is really got a good message try to put more images like this

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      Robert Zimmerman 5 years ago from SE Florida, USA

      Great Lens but I can't imagine a monkey with manners. Maybe a Muskrat?

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      kokomagne 5 years ago

      interesting lens

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      Onemargaret LM 5 years ago

      Very, very cool lens. Have a great weekend!

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      anilsaini 5 years ago

      nice lens

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      Aster56 5 years ago

      It's a very nice way to teach children and also adults.Thanks for the lens.

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      CameronPoe 5 years ago

      This is great. These characters are pretty cool. Perhaps that's why kids love 'em.

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      Leah J. Hileman 5 years ago from East Berlin, PA, USA

      Fantastic idea! The young people I work with through a youth ministry at my church severely lack the basic moral framework and integrity that I was exposed to and taught daily in my childhood, and I'm only in my 30's. The deterioration has happened quickly. Great to see an organization reinforcing good values.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Great work! Keep it up for it will benefit both parties.

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      Edwinrocks 5 years ago

      Nice lense!!!!

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      Mamaboo LM 5 years ago

      This too is wonderful...I'm glad you did it. They've found that children learn best with a combination of "characters" and humans. To bad schools don't teach that way.

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      BestRatedStuff 5 years ago

      Like the whole concept of this lens, as a parent it ids sometimes necessary to review how and with what we need to help our kids

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      kevingomes13 lm 5 years ago

      These are cute. I would love to have seen these guys when i was in grade school.

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      davies86 5 years ago

      nice lens and a great idea for a lens. Thanks for sharing it.

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 5 years ago from Ljubljana

      Very original lens. Cute idea, children love animals!

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      ITCoach LM 5 years ago

      nice and informative lens.keep it up :)

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      jadehorseshoe 5 years ago

      This lens should be required reading by anyone seeking their "parenting license."

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      that's good!!!!!

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      baby-strollers 5 years ago

      I love unique lens like this - with little kids it's very timely for me.

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      petkong 5 years ago

      great lense with animal character images. nice one

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      RachelMTurner 5 years ago

      interesting lens!

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      seosmm 5 years ago

      Very nice lens!

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      privresearch 5 years ago

      Great great lens! character education is extremely important

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      Paki Bazar 5 years ago

      you have a nice blog gr8 effort

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      please can you add more unique stuff so as we can enjoy it reading

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      wiedruce 5 years ago

      great lens!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      great one

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      awakeningwellness 5 years ago

      This looks like a wonderful program that children everywhere could benefit from...and most adults too!

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      JoshK47 5 years ago

      What a wonderful idea - fantastic lens. Consider yourself and all of the Characters of Character blessed by a SquidAngel! :)

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      iwrite4cash 5 years ago

      Well put-together lens

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      BrandonSharp 5 years ago

      I know a lot of adults who could benefit from implementing the suggestions on this lens. Very nice.

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      homerepellent 5 years ago

      Some studies have shown that personality traits are set from a young age of 4 to 5 years old. However, a new habit can always be cultivated to replace a negative one. Although these acts require time and effort, starting at a young age will provide the child with the advantage and head start to overcome the bad habits. Using animals will definitely reach out to the children in a way that words and speech may not be able to.

      Cheers,

      Homerepellent

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      mgs249 5 years ago

      This is great. Your lens is so colorful and fonts are neat! I'm still learning this HTML stuff. Thanks for getting kids started in the right direction by teaching manners.

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      NidhiRajat 5 years ago

      congratulations a ton and great lens!!!

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      seeker2011 lm 5 years ago

      cute lense, valuable ideas for all.

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      neotony 5 years ago

      What a great way to teach children on building character. Very important lessons.

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      RedHotDesign 5 years ago

      fantastic lens!

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      dilipsvarma 5 years ago

      nice lens

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      WorkitSmart 5 years ago

      I love your clip art or cartoon figures! Great lens.

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      Lucas-Kain 5 years ago

      Stuff like this should definitely be taught in schools. I am not old, but the new generation are becoming more and more disrespectful.. actually lacking most of the above-said virtues. Good work on the lens!

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      eteachers 5 years ago

      Love this Lens and looking forward to sharing it with eTeachers, tweet away!

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      Sanam 6 years ago

      Wonderful lens. Love it.

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      TIRMassageStone1 6 years ago

      There is something to say for those simple principles that guide our lives.

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      shivnagsudhakar 6 years ago

      GGOOOD

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      sherel57 6 years ago

      Very good concept character of character. I love it.

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      Travel_Zone 6 years ago

      Wonder full lens...loved it...specially the content and the flow of word in your article CofCJenny....keep up the good work

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      CandleSue 6 years ago

      I never heard of Characters of Character.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      You have create a very good lens I support this lens 100%

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      It teaches us adults also about our characters, and those we've forgotten!

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      pheonix76 6 years ago from WNY

      Wonderful method for teaching children these character traits. (: Love the animal's -- always a hit with children.

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      FairyAngel 6 years ago

      Fanastic way to reach children. They relate easily to animals.

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      lasertek lm 6 years ago

      Very informative and great looking lens. Awesome job!

      Take a peek at my lens, Homeschooling 101: Guide to Free Curriculum and Other Resources.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      This is a great lens. I am really having a great time figuring out my character traits and its so neat. I would just love to share this to some of my friends. Thanks so much for sharing this lovely lens of yours. Well done!

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      Stephen Carr 6 years ago from Corona, CA

      Love the lens! Great topic, great job!

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      blanckj 6 years ago

      This great! I am a teacher for early childhood and love these ideas. Thanks for sharing.

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      Bernie 6 years ago from Corbin, KY

      I wish my boss learned this stuff

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      WorldVisionary 6 years ago

      Very nice lens! Great info for teaching the meaning of character to children!

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      theprintcenter 6 years ago

      Really loved this lens! Thanks so much for posting this one!

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      VivianAldana LM 6 years ago

      Your lens is very cute and on target. Our children need manners and we are the ones to teach them. God bless you!

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      pinkrenegade lm 6 years ago

      You should always show your child love and affection, so that your child will grow up being a good person. It is important at a young age for you to teach them what is good and bad, what is right and wrong.

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      jackieb99 6 years ago

      An excellent lens covering a difficult task!

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      masunyoananda 6 years ago

      nice....

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      sousababy 6 years ago

      Lensrolled to my: Why the "Bad" in Society seem to be Winning, Doing It Anyway / Bullies at Work lens partially rebuilt, Intelligence and Prejudice, International Children's Day, and Helpful Tips for Raising Children lenses. Glad to see this received a much deserved purple star. Take Good Care, Rose

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      sousababy 6 years ago

      Love this lens. We need ADULTS to read it and understand the deep message too. I adore Self-Esteem Elephant and Warm-Hearted Walrus too. Thank you, will be lensrolling this lens to some of mine. Stay Well, Rose

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      greetingcardsinfo 6 years ago

      Really good lens cannot wait to read your other lens hope my will be good as one day

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      dulitha 6 years ago

      Love it I love it again!

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      Philippians468 6 years ago

      lovely lens! thank you for the great work! cheers

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      JeremiahStanghini 6 years ago

      @JWilson88: Gotta agree with JWilson, here, it's hard to pick just one as a favorite. :-)

      With Love and Gratitude,

      Jeremiah

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      Light-in-me 6 years ago

      This is great, I am impressed with this concept. I would have to say that Behavior Bear is my favorite. As soon as I saw what you wrote about him helping you to make good choices it reminded me of my five year old son Matthew. Every night we say our prayers we always pray about making good choices, we promise to always try to make good choices.

      Mommys too need to make good choices, he gets a kick out of that! This actually works to some degree for me, I will remind him "Matthew are you making good choices" and he does respond sometimes right away and other times a minute or two later, he will apoligize and really try. He will say excitedly "mom I made good choices today!"

      He is still a handful, but he is improving! lol

      I switched some of my better lenses set at %10 to charity over to this charity.

      I hope to keep improving on Squidoo and will keep you in mind.

      Wishing you the best,

      Robin :)