Start of the school year is an exciting time for children. They look forward to meeting old friends and learning new things. However, school year brings its challenges as well. Doing homework, practicing piano and completing projects can become a source of conflict between children and their parents.

Though at times stressful, deadlines and assigned tasks can also present great opportunities for developing character in children. While we have many occasions in pre-school years to call children to practice the virtues of courtesy and generosity, the virtues of responsibility and self-discipline get their greatest boost during school years.