By encouraging children to think within a framework of moral principles, such as Sanctity of Life and Justice, and virtues such as Competence, Conscience, Courage and Character, we can inspire children toward enhanced morality. “The stronger they become as moral thinkers, the greater the probability they will act with a will consistent with a moral character,” Michael asserts.
The book is about engaging in dialogues, a word derived from the Greek language and which means approximately to “speak across, to share words.” It starts with a parent simply asking his child, ‘What do you think?’” The implied but powerful message is: Your thoughts matter to me. You matter to me.
Themes of the book include:
1. That good and bad can be measured, contrasted and evaluated.
2. That when good is identified and measured, people are more motivated to do good.
3. That parents are, as a general rule, the best and most credible disseminators of morality and ethics.
4. That children want and expect moral leadership from their parents. Children must not only know that parents are in charge. Children should know that parents deserve to be in charge.
5. That spending time with your children talking about ethics and other serious matters can be a soul-churning joy.
If one theme dominates all others, it is that parents are competing against the world for their children’s time, respect and as a legitimate dispenser of moral authority. To be effective, parents must be credible competitors, and that requires a parenting foundation based on reason, ethics, compassion and moral strength. Become your child’s rescuer – visit www.KidsEthicsBook.com today.
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