Good Kids, Tough Choices: How Parents Can Help Their Children Do the Right Thing

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John Wiley & Sons, Aug 20, 2010 - 256 pages
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A practical analysis and inspiring guide for teaching kids "ethical fitness"

Parents are beginning to realize that deficiencies in ethics and character are becoming a big problem among our nation's children. According to the latest data, lying, cheating, and rampant insensitivity to other people are increasingly common. What can parents do? In this book, ethics expert Rushworth Kidder shows how to customize interventions to a child's age and temperament. He encourages parents not to give up, since what they do can always make a difference, regardless of how long or deep the bad habits of dishonesty may be.

  • Encourages parents to intervene early and re-establish children on the right course
  • Explores the keys to ethical behavior: honesty, responsibility, respect, fairness, and compassion

All of Kidder's practical advice is based on the latest psychological and neuroscientific research about how kids develop character and learn what's right and wrong.


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User Review  - Julianne J. Smith - Book Verdict

Kidder, founder of the nonprofit and nonsectarian Institute for Global Ethics, here presents a combo of research and parenting tools for raising kids with strong moral convictions based on five shared ... Read full review


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Birth Through Age Four
Ages Five Through Nine
Ages Ten Through Fourteen
Ages Fifteen Through Eighteen
Ages Nineteen Through TwentyThree
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Rushworth M. Kidder was a professor of English at Wichita State University for ten years before becoming an award-winning columnist and editor at the Christian Science Monitor. The author of ten books on subjects ranging from international ethics to the global future, he won the 1980 Explicator Literary Foundation Award for his book on the poetry of E.E. cummings. He and his wife, Elizabeth, live in Lincolnville, Maine.

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