Intellect or Character?

I came across a school for Personality Development in Alabang and I got to talk to the owners for almost three hours. We were talking about business, the “mommy” life, branding, etc. As a mom, one of the things that I have realized during our talk was that a lot of focus is being given by moms to developing the mind or the intellect of their kids. We send them to supplementary classes for math and science and yet little attention or no attention is being given at all to developing one’s character. I’m a Catholic and we go to church every Sunday and we pray taht she grows up to be empathetic, generous, confident and kind to others.

So when I came across La Vie Institute, I was really glad they they had institutions like this. Monica, the program director, shared with me that “The Life Institute” was really created to address the pressing needs of individuals who are in different situations in their lives — from children where bullying or being bullied has become prevalent, to teens who are transitioning to adulthood, to those who will graduate facing stiff competition for jobs. Oh, they also have one for the modern woman!

Monica mentioned that it is really their mission to hold programs that are designed to bring you the fruits of TOTAL Personality Development training to let you live “the life” you imagine for yourself and for your loved ones. Their programs are one of a kind, featuring a multi-layered design that targets all aspects that enriches a person’s habits, values, philosophy, confidence & communication skills. The program features workshops both on verbal and non-verbal communication, self-mastery, both the performing and fine arts as well as etiquette and protocol training, among others, all dealing equally with both intrapersonal and interpersonal skills.

I got to tour the place and they had amazing facilities!

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What I like about the place is that it’s very homey and the staff are all so nice! La Vie Institute really makes you feel like you are part of their family. Each class only accepts up to a maximum of 10 participants and this is to make workshops as engaging, interactive and meaningful for all learners. Monica also told me that each student undergoes an assessment to make sure that the teacher adapts and adjusts to the student.

Heather, Monica and Me!

Heather, Monica and Me!

I am seriously considering sending my daughter when she turns 4. Classes on personality development, I believe, is something that we, moms, should consider also for our kids and for ourselves. We have been focusing a lot on the intellect, on them being smart. It’s time we place more attention to building their character and the heart.

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