Giving children knowledge of their strengths is a great way to empower them.
One way to do that is to create a Strength Family Tree. Get a piece of large poster board and some markers and draw a family tree. Fill in as many relatives as you can, and then for each relative, share a story that reflects one of his or her top character strengths such as bravery, gratitude, kindness, fairness, spirituality, integrity, etc. (see below for a list of common character strengths and their definitions.) Record the strength stories on index cards and tape them under the family member's name. Start by trying to get one strength story per family member. Of course, this might mean inviting those family members over to hear their stories firsthand! This can become an ongoing family project and over time you will find that you have many, many stories of strengths that capture your family at its best.