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We believe parents and families are a child’s first character educator

Parents have a responsibility to foster and develop their children’s character strengths. This is especially true during the teen years when young people begin to exercise their voice and independence.

Character Spotlight

Parenting for Character Development

Dr. Arthur Schwartz interviewed Dr. Tom Harrison about parenting children in an online world.

Dr. Tom Harrison is the Director of Education at the Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues and Program Director for the MA in Character Education at the University of Birmingham in England. He is also the author of THRIVE: How to Cultivate Character So Your Children Can Flourish Online.  *affiliate link

Ethics in Action Series

What Parents Can Do When Their Children Are Stealing
What did I do wrong? Am I a bad parent? Is my child destined for a life of crime? Read Dr. Cohen’s blog to learn more about what parents can do when their child is stealing.

Why Do Kids Lie? – A Conversation with Dr. Kang Lee and Dr. Debra Cohen
Dr. Kang Lee is a developmental psychologist who studies moral development and the development of lying in children between 2 and 16 years of age. He is a Distinguished Professor at the University of Toronto.

What Parents Can Do When Their Children Are Lying
Honesty is a keepsake, a gift that parents give to their children. But do parents know how to raise children who care about being honest? When to intervene? What to say? What not to say? Read Dr. Debra Cohen’s blog to learn more about what parents can do when kids lie.

Featured Book

The Resilience Workbook for Kids

Fun CBT Activities to Help You Bounce Back from Stress and Grow from Challenges

The Resilience Workbook for Kids* offers engaging activities grounded in evidence-based cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and positive psychology to help your child recover from difficult experiences. Your child will learn how to “make friends with” their emotions, focus on the things in life that make them happy, and connect with what really matters to them. Finally, your child will discover how helping others can make them feel good about themselves, so they can move beyond feelings like sadness, fear, and anger.  *affiliate link

Interested in learning more?

These organizations can help get you started:

Families of Character

Provides parents and families with the tools to instill character in their homes.

Generation Text Online

Helps schools develop an environment of trust between parents and staff.

Harvest Time Partners

Provides resources to support and encourage individuals and families, to reach their full potential.

The Center for Parent & Teen Communication

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