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The Family Virtues Guide: Simple Ways to Bring Out the Best in Our Children and Ourselves [Paperback]

Linda Kavelin Popov , Dan Popov , John Kavelin
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June 6 1997
Through a collection of fifty-two virtues, one for each week of the year, Popov instructs parents how to teach morals and ethics to their young children, including such values as trust, caring, humility, and generosity. Original."

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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.

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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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5.0 out of 5 stars a very valuable contribution Feb. 28 2004
What is the most important gift we can give our child during the few short years parents exercise major influence? Could it be that giving them a strong moral and ethical framework is the most important task we face? The voices are few, but they are growing - voices that say that ethics is the missing link in the world today. Voices that say that virtues need to be taught to our children in schools. Voices expressed in such books as "The Quiet revolution; Encouraging Positive Values in our Children" where we are told about a revolution in education that is taking place in the Oxford Education Authority in the UK, based on positive concepts such as honesty, truthfulness, respect, happiness, peace, responsibility and love. During the school year children are exposed to 22 similar concepts because the headmaster sees values as the foundation of education, of the healthy development of the child and indeed of the strength of the national community.
Religions identify more that 300 virtues as the basis of their teachings, but the author of "The Family Virtues Guide" has limited herself to a more manageable 52 - one for each week of the year - and reading this book was like a breath of fresh air in a smoke-filled room. Compiled by the Virtues Project, an international organization dedicated to inspiring spiritual growth in young and old alike, this multicultural, interfaith handbook has been prepared for all those who wish to turn these 52 virtues into reality by providing us with simple strategies which we can readily incorporate into our daily life and thus take advantage of those quickly passing teachable moments. All religions have their own version of the Golden Rule - do unto others as you would have others do unto you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Helping Others Helps Everyone July 26 2013
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This book contains many practical ideas for improving relationships in all areas of living. Those who read it and take up the goal of adding time every day to consider the "virtue of the week" will be surprised at how others around them will change too! Life is a reflection of what we hear and see! Selfishness is the number one reason for loneliness. This book outlines very simply a list of character traits that guide you to being a kinder, more helpful, more compassionate person. You'll feel great about yourself as you re-learn and hear lessons we all should have learned as children....and remembered.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great parenting handbook too! Jan. 3 2003
By Renee
For the first time it became clear to me what the difference is between values and virtues. A value is culture specific, e.g. in the American culture we VALUE earning a lot of money, but does that make you a virtuous person? In Holland we value being punctual, in Spain they don't value punctuality the same way... VIRTUES on the other hand, are universally valued by all faiths and cultures around the world.
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!
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5.0 out of 5 stars DON'T MISS IT! Feb. 2 2002
By Ariana
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! Which means, that I need to meditate upon the virtues and the practical way they are presented in tbe book, as I need to eat food, and breathe air. Virtues are the spiritual qualities that every human being has to develop. Let's all do it our best inspiration! I LOVE THIS BOOK! Thank you very much for such a great gift!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Must read for everyone. Nov. 17 2001
This is a thought provoking book that looks at the skills from assertiveness and caring to loyalty and trust. A very easy to read book with clear concise writing on a variety of personal skills each of us should have. Each skill is defined well and a short description is given how we use it in our lives and how we can improve on it to make or lives more fulfilling, joyous and whole. It made a big difference in my life and now I am sharing it with my 5 and 6 year old. Also comes with an educators guide to be used by schools and this book would fit great into the room of every school teacher as well as in every home.
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As a parent and teacher, I was happy to find this book a few years ago. Since then, it has aided me in raising my children and in my work with children at school. The learning expeiences that it has helped to evoke have opened our eyes, improved our lives, and contributed toward helping us to live in a world that is quickly becoming one. I have seen many books on virtue development but this is the best on "how to"; with its practical steps and many relevant examples. I'd like to see a similar guide for classroom teachers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book for incorporating a family meeting night
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 more
Published on Oct. 14 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars "A book for everyone!"
"An inspiring, profoundly wise, and easily accessible book, The Family Virtues Guide is really a guidebook for spiritual living for everyone: children and their friends and... Read more
Published on Aug. 17 1999
4.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful way to implement positive creation into family
This Guide is a wonderful hands-on explanation of how to implement the power of positive creation into your family, starting with children at a very young age. Read more
Published on Dec 31 1998
5.0 out of 5 stars The best book on virtues
The book "The Family Virtues Guide" is the clearest and easiest to read and use of any book on virtues that I have found. Read more
Published on Dec 29 1998
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding guide to teach virtues in a changing world
I have found this book inspiring and a wonderful way to discuss virtues in a non-threatening manner with adults and children of multiple cultural backgrounds. Read more
Published on June 27 1998
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent contribution to creating united families
This bood has been an invaluable resource to our family. We bought it for the kids but I think mz wife an I have recieved even more from reading it. Highly recommended.
Published on June 16 1998
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