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5.0 out of 5 starsTeach Your Children Human Universals of Morality and Ethics
Reviewed in the United States on May 20, 2017
I had to search high and low for a secular book on teaching children human universals of morality and ethics. This book does an excellent job of focusing on the common values of society without attributing everything to the Christian God, so that it may encompass and unite communities to be good people and good citizens regardless of religion and theology. I think it is important for teachers to emphasize the commonalities of core values rather than placing religions that divide us at the center of our definition of being a "good person". The paperback includes font that is difficult to read and the print is not exciting to look at, but we have enjoyed the anecdotes and the suggested activities. I love the way that it is organized so that parents can proactively focus on a value each month. We have already experienced the influence of these teachings in our lives as one son learned a valuable lesson in honesty under pressure after he got in trouble at school, and he decided to be a brave example in leaving the "double dog dare" club. I highly recommend this book to all parents. I would like to see the authors come out with an expanded version with multiple supporting media and projects.
5.0 out of 5 stars... of this book and I think they had some wonderful ideas for raising kids and teaching them values
Reviewed in the United States on February 19, 2017
I listened to an hour long podcast with the authors of this book and I think they had some wonderful ideas for raising kids and teaching them values. I have been very pleased with their book - it gives stories from their parenting experiences, it gives great activity ideas for every age level with each of the 12 values. The suggestion for doing a value a month has been working well with my 6, 5, and 3 year old. We also take it to our homeschool co-op so our friends are working on the same values with us. I love this book! I also love how we can go over the values every year and use different activities as my children get older.
5.0 out of 5 starsMethodical; clear; big-picture AND practical examples
Reviewed in the United States on March 21, 2013
I am loving this book. I have read so many different parenting books and methods, and I'm always looking for something that has a very clear philosophy to back it up. This book fit my need. The writers were very sensitive to the need for values and moral teaching within families, regardless of the family's religious or philosophical viewpoint. If you are a secular family that wants to have a proactive plan for helping your children develop a strong moral foundation, this book is excellent. If you are a religious family, this book is excellent (but not because it focuses on a religious basis for teaching morality). I love the way each month is assigned a value, and I love the way each segment gives examples of how each value can be taught to the different age groups, and that you can choose which value to start with. It is a very user-friendly book.
3.0 out of 5 starsGood read not the best for me right now
Reviewed in the United States on April 9, 2020
I bought this book used it came in worse condition than stated, as for the content the book is an good read but I was a little let down. For children 4+ I would say not so much toddlers or older teenagers.
5.0 out of 5 starsMy favorite parenting book of all time!
Reviewed in the United States on November 11, 2014
I stumbled upon this book for the first time in the early 90's with one of those book clubs found in magazines. What a lucky find. I think this book could be useful to any parent because even if you don't agree with all the values taught, it would certainly give you terrific ideas to use as jumping-off points for what you do want to teach. I've been parenting for 26+ years and I've read a lot of parenting books but if I could only have one, this would be it. My children loved the stories and activities and I felt better about my mothering when I was being intentional in what I was teaching. I read or heard one time that whether you're aware of what you're teaching or not, your children are always learning. I believe that.
1.0 out of 5 starsI really wanted to like this book but - it advocates some really strange ...
Reviewed in the United States on November 27, 2014
I really wanted to like this book but - it advocates some really strange things. Consider two passages. One - where a father withholds criticizing his son who bullied another kid - and instead has him write "things he likes about himself" on his hand; this is really weird, you have to correct your kid when they pick on others. The second is even more bizarre - he praises a Japanese Mom for PUTTING HER KID IN A CLOSET when it was asking for attention and a stranger was at the door. As a child who has been locked in a small, unlit space (a bathroom), as a punishment - I can attest it leaves lifelong trauma (even if unintentional). I didn't read the rest of this book. So weird to condone such behavior.
5.0 out of 5 starsPractical solutions for all ages
Reviewed in the United States on July 5, 2013
I have read several parenting books that give advice, but this is the first one I have thought had real-life, practical examples that really work. Each chapter is broken into sections with not just one, but several, suggestions of how to teach the concept to pre-school, school-age and teens, depending on their stage of development. The authors are also very careful not to impose religious or moral values that not everyone may agree upon, but rather have chosen rather universal values, which then can be easily adapted to your family's own religious or moral beliefs.
5.0 out of 5 starsAn excellent book on topics that is easily forgotten about.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 24, 2014
An excellent book on topics that is easily forgotten about. We are following the recommendation to talk about a value every couple of weeks with our children. I like the approach the book takes to communicate values and the suggested exercises are a good starting point to develop my own ways of communicating values. I find the children are interested in the discussions around values and it is making me aware of my own values.