With the understanding that actions speak louder than words, parents can use family activities, particularly ones centered on volunteering or helping others, as occasions to emphasize important aspects of good character. We invite you to explore and use the resources below...
- Building Character: How to Raise Kids to Be Good in a World That Often Isn't
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These books are just a few among many that focus on teaching children good character.
- A Call to Character: A Family Treasury of Stories, Poems, Plays, Proverbs and Fables to Guide the Development of Values for You and Your Children, by Collin Greer and Herbert Kohl, HarperCollins Publishers, 1995.
- Instilling a Sense of Integrity in Your Child, by Joe DiPrisco with Michael Riera, Perseus Publishing, 2003.
- Teaching Right from Wrong: 40 Things You Can Do to Raise a Moral Child, by Arthur Dobrin, Berkley Books, 2001.
- Center for the Advancement of Ethics and Character (CAEC) - Develops training and awareness programs on character education, with a focus on schools. See the Web site's "For Parents" section for 10 tips on teaching children character.
- Character Education Partnership (CEP) - Advocates effective character education in K-12 schools and promotes the concept that character education must be infused throughout the school environment.
- Josephson Institute of Ethics - Develops ethics education materials, including the youth initiative Character Counts (www.charactercounts.org), and school, business and public training programs. It surveys high school students on ethics every two years for its "Report Card on the Ethics of American Youth."