Teaching Right from Wrong Forty Things you can do to Raise a Moral Child

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  • Copyright: 2001-05-01
  • Publisher: Berkley Trade
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Caring parents want to raise children who are kind, trustworthy, considerate and fair. But sometimes it seems like there's no shortage of bad examples to lead them astray.

Based on sound psychological theory, drawing on current research—and most importantly, rooted in the real world that parents face today—this book shows how children develop a moral sensibility, and what parents can do to refine and reinforce it. Wise, warm, and thoroughly practical, this is an essential book for all loving parents—who want to raise loving children.

Parents will learn...

* How "ethical intelligence" can be nurtured—even in a child's earliest years

* How television, religion, and peers can shape—or short-circuit—a child's moral development

* How to recognize and avoid some of the most common errors parents make

Author Biography

Arthur Dobrin has led the Ethical Culture Society of Long Island for more than thirty years and is a professor of humanities at Hofstra University

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
Introductionp. 1
Feelings: Emotions Are the Groundwork of Moralityp. 7
Tune In to Your Children's Feelingsp. 18
Talk About How You Think Others May Be Feelingp. 20
Comment on Your Own Emotionsp. 22
Sing to and Hold Your Childrenp. 24
Read Imaginative Stories to Your Childrenp. 26
Reason: Feelings Need to Be Guided by Reasonp. 29
Give Reasons Why You Approve or Disapprove of Your Children's Behaviorp. 46
Provide Reasons for Rules You Want Your Children to Followp. 49
Encourage Your Children to Play with Children of Various Agesp. 51
Engage Your Children in Reflective Discussions by Asking Open-Ended Questionsp. 53
Promote Independent Thinkingp. 57
Self-Esteem: Self-Respect Is a Prerequisite to Acting Morallyp. 59
Treat Your Children with Respectp. 73
Express Interest in Your Children's Activities, Projects, and Dreamsp. 76
Help Set Goals and Encourage Your Children to See Them Throughp. 79
Praise a Task Well Donep. 80
Give Your Children Emotional and Verbal Support to Stand Against the Crowd When Necessaryp. 82
Discipline: Behavior Has Consequencesp. 85
Be Flexible--Not Arbitrary--in Your Disciplinep. 96
Don't Use Intimidation; Never Use Ridiculep. 98
The Severity of the Punishment Should Be Related to the Severity of the Wrongdoingp. 102
Discipline with Explanationsp. 104
Criticize in Privatep. 106
Habits: Morality Is Learned Through Observation and Doingp. 109
Provide Opportunities for Your Children to Help Othersp. 120
Give Positive Verbal and Nonverbal Feedback for Being a Good Personp. 122
Work with Your Children in Community and Volunteer Servicep. 124
Expect and Encourage Good Deeds from Your Childrenp. 126
Help Your Children Keep Promisesp. 128
Prejudice: Treating All People Fairly Is Fundamental to Moralityp. 131
Examine Your Own Biasesp. 144
Provide Examples That Counteract Society's Prejudicesp. 146
Don't Allow Biased or Bigoted Comments to Go Unchallengedp. 148
Give Your Children Books That Show Different Kinds of People Playing, Working, and Living Togetherp. 150
Talk About Differences Between People, but Talk About Them Neutrallyp. 152
Values: Some Values Are More Important Than Othersp. 155
Tell Your Children About the People You Admire and Whyp. 165
Live Your Life As You Want Your Children to Lead Theirsp. 167
Show the Importance of Protecting the Vulnerablep. 169
Comment on Compassionate Behavior--Let Your Children Know That Caring Is an Important Valuep. 171
Let Your Children Know What You Value and Why You Value Itp. 173
Community: Morality Is Socialp. 175
Supervise Your Children's Television Viewingp. 189
Get Involved with Your Children's Educationp. 191
Make Family Meals Important and Regular Occasionsp. 193
Make Time for Your Childrenp. 194
Take an Interest in the World Outside Your Homep. 197
Afterwordp. 199
Selected Referencesp. 201
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