We are living at a time in history when genuine acts of kindness and compassion are limited by the fear of a lawsuit or even physical harm. Countless examples have been reported worldwide of injured people lying in the streets that are ignored by those passing by, fearful of [...]Continue
Much of our time as parents is spent in thinking about ways to make our children’s life easier. We cook them a food they like, take them to places they would enjoy and send them to good schools so they can get a good education and have an ‘easier and more comfortable’ life. We try [...]Continue
“A child, at birth, is a candidate for humanity; it cannot become human in isolation.” – Henri Pieron.
With every generation of children, we are given the opportunity to support the moral advancement of humanity. Children are born with a sense of wonder, exploring and learning all they can about their time, culture and place. As adults we [...]
Many families have games nights when TV, computers and cell phones are turned off and family members play games, laugh and enjoy being together. On these nights family members play board games, ping pong, foosball and other competitive games which often end in announcing one member as the winner and others as losers. Parents then [...]Continue
“Clean up that mess!”, “Wash your hands before eating!”, “Change those dirty socks!”, “Use shampoo for your hair!” How often do we hear ourselves shouting such commands at our children?
It’s really not an easy task to use a kindly tongue especially after a hard day’s work, after having cleaned up the house perfectly and have the [...]
Compassion is a deep awareness of the suffering of others and the desire to alleviate it. Not only does a person with strength in compassion show empathy, but he has also developed an inner desire to help others. Such a person would carry out acts of compassion that may be as simple as visiting and [...]Continue
As we teach young children about courtesy, gentleness and honesty, we sometimes wonder if they will ever show these qualities by themselves without being reminded. How will they act when faced with a moral decision? The following true story about a little boy in Gansu [...]Continue
Parents and teachers often find themselves in a counseling role; helping children to deal with challenges or to make a moral decision. While it may feel good to exercise our wisdom and give advice, it is more valuable in the long run to empower children to arrive at their own solutions. The art of ‘Spiritual [...]Continue
“You two, stop fighting!”, “Behave yourselves and do not bother each other.”, “What happened again between the two of you?” As a parent of two or more children, we might hear ourselves say these phrases several times on any given day. For most of us, peaceful conflict resolution between siblings is not what we studied at [...]Continue
Stories are an effective means to help children understand virtues and learn how to apply them in their daily life. The following story extracted from the resource materials of ‘The Virtues in UsTM’ Children’s Character EducationProgram, can be used by parents and teachers to teach children 4-7 years old about the virtue of gentleness. The depicted [...]Continue
Children love stories. Most young children do not get tired of hearing the same story over and over again. They also love to make up stories, especially those related to their daily lives. Made up stories about Johnny or Nancy not eating, not sharing, and needing to be courteous or kind can be used to impart relevant and [...]Continue
When I first started my teaching career, I remember hearing about a study that was done to show how children are affected by boundaries. In the study, the children were observed at a school with a nearby playground where there were no fences or marks outlining the boundaries where it was safe to play. The [...]Continue
Virtues are like invisible adornments - a beautifully embroidered cloth that covers our shoulders, or a golden crown that surrounds our head. When we are getting ready every morning for the day ahead, we take a few minutes to meditate on the qualities we want to practice, and mindfully wrap our words and actions with [...]Continue