Ten Traits of a Well-Rounded Child

In today’s world of high-pressure standardized tests, traveling sports teams, and musical competitions, it’s easy to lose sight of what makes a kid. . .a kid. While skills and talents can enrich a child’s life, it’s a combination of key traits that bring them a daily sense of confidence and well-being while preparing them for the demands of adulthood. How well-rounded is your child?

1) Balanced

A well-rounded child understands the importance of intellectual, emotional, and physical health, choosing to become involved in a variety of activities both at school and in the home.

2) Caring

A well-rounded child learns to put others first by empathizing with feelings, making compassionate choices, and committing to a lifestyle of service.

3) Communicator

A well-rounded child can communicate confidently and creatively through a variety of means. They present their ideas clearly and collaborate with others effectively.

4) Inquirer

A well-rounded child doesn’t have to be told to learn. They love to discover new information naturally and develop the skills they need to become lifelong learners.

5) Knowledgeable

A well-rounded child acquires a broad base of knowledge by learning about the world across several disciplines. Rather than merely memorizing facts, they seek to make deep connections among concepts, ideas, and issues.

6) Open-minded

A well-rounded child sees interacting with other cultures as an opportunity to broaden their perspective. They enjoy seeking and understanding different points of view as a way to greater compassion and personal growth.

7) Principled

A well-rounded child values integrity and honesty, not only with their own academic work but within their own community. They stand for dignity and respect for all.

8) Reflective

A well-rounded child is able to think about their own learning, evaluating strengths and weaknesses in order to improve their academic and personal development.

9) Risk-taker

A well-rounded child has the confidence to approach new situations courageously, applying what they have already learned. They explore new ideas and roles with determination and resilience.

10) Thinker

A well-rounded child approaches problems with creative and critical thinking skills, making reasoned decisions. A thinking child is never afraid to ask, “Why?”


Developing these ten traits should be an adventure in a child’s personal development, not another burden to add to a checklist of “standards.” But how do they receive the guidance they need to work on all these areas?

The International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (IB PYP) is a research-based educational model committed to developing well-rounded children who demonstrate these traits. Discovery School is proud to bring this world-class, proven program to your community. For more information about how to help your child become a lifelong learner, contact us today!

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