Initiative-Character Education. A key to children’s success in school is to be self-motivated; to take initiative. Children who believe in their abilities, are more likely not to give up and better succeed in life. Let children know you believe that they can accomplish whatever they set their mind to. Self confidence is vital to a motivated child. Encourage children to set goals, starting out with one small goal. Read, Ben’s Trumpet, by Rachel Isadora, and do art activity.