Image of the Attentiveness Teacher PackDiscretion is “recognizing and avoiding words, actions, and attitudes that could have undesirable consequences” Sometimes the wisest course of action is to say nothing at all and remove yourself from a situation—or—just to be patient and wait for the right moment.

When we apply discretion to our lives, we are able to “separate” out those words, actions, and attitudes which could have undesirable consequences. Just as a policeman directs traffic to run in an orderly and safe manner, discretion helps direct our words and actions to avoid accidents and situations that bring harm to ourselves and other people.


  1. Think about what I am going to say and do.
  2. Consider the consequences.
  3. Check my attitude.
  4. Practice good manners.
  5. Learn from my mistakes and commit to doing better.


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

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