The novelist Walker Percy once observed, “Some people get all A’s but flunk life,” Succeeding in life takes character. I recently read the book Character Matters by Dr. Thomas Lickona. It gave me great insight into how important it is to help our children and grandchildren build good character. Lickona, a developmental psychologist , maintains there are 10 essential qualities needed to build good character: wisdom, justice, fortitude, love, self-control, a positive attitude, hard work, integrity, gratitude, and humility. As grandparents we have the opportunity to help in this building process with our grandchildren. Think about activities that you have done with your grandchildren that help build character and share them on my blog. To find more information on this topic and other work that Dr. Lickona has done go to www.cortland.edu/character/.