The Family Virtues Guide: Simple Ways to Bring Out the Best in Our Children and Ourselves Paperback – Jun 1 1997
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When you witness a small child haul off and smack another child unprovoked, the theory of innate morality seems to lose all validity. Moral education has always been the domain of religion, and Linda Kavelin Popov has culled 52 universal virtues from the world's religions, one for each week of the year. The resulting Family Values Guide is a workbook for the moral education of children that transcends differences of religion or culture. Each week, the book suggests, a family should gather to discuss a different virtue from the book, such as love, generosity, or patience, and the parents then emphasize the virtue for the following days, capitalizing on appropriate moments for education. Contrary to some pop psychology authors, Popov insists that reasonable boundaries be established and maintained for children and that appropriate punishment be meted out when boundaries are crossed. Psychotherapist and president of the Family Values Project, Popov sees the language of values as the key to recognizing their importance in social interaction, and encourages parents to add other values to their own list.
About the Author
Linda Kavelin Popov is the author of The Family Virtues Guide and is one of the founders and directors of the Virtues Project International. She travels around the world in support of the project’s initiatives, speaking to communities, businesses, and governmental organizations. The United Nations Secretariat has honored the Virtues Project as a model for global reform for people of all cultures. She lives in the Gulf Islands near Victoria, British Columbia.
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I absolute love the virtue part of this book but the first part of the book is very good too! It puts you as a parent in the right frame of mind on houw to parent. My husband is an intensive in-home mental health therapist and his parenting class for his clients looks very similar to what's described in this book. Obviously we are on the same wave-length here. The virutes part of the book will give you as a parent concreet things to focus on with your child(ren). And the good news: you can take it one week at a time. Buy this book, it will never be a loss. And buy one for your neighbor too, and for your friends, sister, brother and .... you get the message!
The inclusion of references to Holy writings of the World's great religions exhibits the author's dedication to the oneness of humanity and the exhibition and examples of how the world can truly learn to live in harmony. By inclusion of the Holy writings of many different religions we are taught tolerance and to honour cultural differences as the world struggles toward unity.
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What is the most important gift we can give our child during the few short years parents exercise major influence? Read morePublished on Feb. 28 2004 by DAVID-LEONARD WILLIS
This is a book that everybody should have! The place for this book is on the kitchen table. I want to study it everytime I eat. It's a neccessity! Read morePublished on Feb. 2 2002 by Ariana
I introduced this book to our family as a "family meeting night" guide. We choose one of the 52 virtues per week, learn all about it, and practice it during the oncoming... Read morePublished on Oct. 14 1999
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