Good Kids, Tough Choices: How Parents Can Help Their Children Do the Right Thing
August 2010, Jossey-Bass
Parents are beginning to realize that deficiencies in ethics and character are becoming a big problem among our nation's children. According to the latest data, lying, cheating, and rampant insensitivity to other people are increasingly common. What can parents do? In this book, ethics expert Rushworth Kidder shows how to customize interventions to a child's age and temperament. He encourages parents not to give up, since what they do can always make a difference, regardless of how long or deep the bad habits of dishonesty may be.
- Encourages parents to intervene early and re-establish children on the right course
- Explores the keys to ethical behavior: honesty, responsibility, respect, fairness, and compassion
All of Kidder's practical advice is based on the latest psychological and neuroscientific research about how kids develop character and learn what's right and wrong.
Introduction: Three Lenses for Ethical Parenting.
How to Use This Book.
What If I Face Ethical Dilemmas of My Own?
1 Raising Kids in Today's Moral Environment.
What the Research Tells Us.
Why Parents Make a Difference.
2 Birth Through Age Four.
Branson and the Gold Coins.
Playing According to Your Own Rules.
Loren Wrecks the Train.
3 Ages Five Through Nine.
Teaching Thrift in an Age of Opulence.
Teaching Ethics Through Principles.
Ethics and Peer Pressure.
4 Ages Ten Through Fourteen.
Resolving Ethical Dilemmas.
Avoiding Bystander Apathy.
Showing Moral Courage.
5 Ages Fifteen Through Eighteen.
Finding the Third Way.
A Sexual Crisis.
Confronting Parental Weakness.
6 Ages Nineteen Through Twenty-Three.
Counseling, Not Controlling.
Supporting Your Daughter or Saving Your Grandchildren.
The Difference Between Courage and Stubbornness.
How Emotion and Morality Interact.
Using the Moral Toolkit.
Top Ten Tips for Ethical Parenting.
About the Author.
Questions for Discussion.