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How To Raise a Child of Character

Parents often ask how to raise a child with good character and values, in the context of a culture that often seems to reward the opposite. The simplest answer is that children learn what they live, so if you live your values, your kids are likely to as well.

It's also true that talking explicitly about our values helps kids to develop them, especially in the face of teachings from the media or their peers that might go against what you believe.

Finally, there are definitely ways that you can encourage your child to be thoughtful, generous, responsible, courageous -- a person of character. To read more about encouraging the development of specific traits in your child, click below.

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While physical courage is more straightforward, when it comes to moral courage, your child's performance in difficult situations depends largely on you.

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Generosity starts with a feeling of having plenty and develops as we have experiences of making others happy by giving.

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The Great Spiritual Lessons Every Child Should Learn

All humans have a spiritual dimension. Here are some ideas for nondenominational (and even God-optional, if that's your preference) spirituality.

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15 Ways to Raise a Child with Great Values

Regardless of what you consciously teach them, your children will emerge from childhood with clear views on what their parents really value by watching you.

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Help Your Child Develop Good Judgment

Our goal as parents is to give our children experience in making decisions, and to make sure they can reflect on those decisions and learn from them.

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15 Tips to Raise a Responsible Child

How do we raise our kids to take responsibility for their choices and their impact on the world?

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Books to Teach Kids Values

Kids learn best through discussion, not lectures. One great way to start those discussions on values and ethical dilemmas is with books.

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