Loyalty is “showing my commitment through difficult times.”

Loyalty is like tape or glue that is really strong. It doesn’t come apart easily. When your friends or family go through difficult times, you can practice loyalty by encouraging them and finding ways to help. Difficult times could be when people are sick, when they have a lot of work to do, when they feel stressed, or when things go wrong.

Do not be a “fair-weather friend”—someone who is a friend when everything is going well, but leaves as soon as trouble comes. A “fair-weather friend” cannot be trusted.

Practice loyalty and you will be a better friend, a better family member, and a better student!

I Will:

  1. Do what is right before being told.
  2. Not put off until later what I can do now.
  3. Do my part for the team.
  4. Be a part of the solution rather than the problem.
  5. Look for ways to help others.

Discussion Starters:

  • Why do you think initiative is an important character quality to develop?
  • When has someone shown initiative to help you? How did that make you feel?
  • What are a few ways that you could show initiative today?
  • Who in your life, or in history, do you think is an example of being an instigator of good?

(Permission granted to reproduce this lesson for educational use. Credit: CharacterFirstEd.com

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Learn hand motions for the poem and song. Listen to the nature story. Presented by Robert Greenlaw.

Get lyrics to the poem in the Loyalty Curriculum.

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Read the full nature story in the Loyalty Curriculum.