Character Education

Raising children of character in a toxic culture

Thomas Lickona | 29 September 2015
Develop a close relationship with your child from an early age.

Are you loving or spoiling your kids?

Tamara El-Rahi | 26 March 2014
It's hard to know where the “taking care of them” stops and the over-indulging starts.

A timeless message to teens: mow the lawn, wash the windows, learn to cook…

Carolyn Moynihan | 20 August 2012
Some messages take a long time to catch on -- or perhaps they are things that need to be said at regular intervals, forever. Answers, for example, to the complaint, “I’m bored.”

Attention, please

Mariette Ulrich | 13 August 2012
Judging by a glance at the title, this article seems fit for the “patently obvious” files: “Preschool Children Who Can Pay Attention More Likely to Finish College”. But there’s more to it than just that seemingly self-evident observation.

Judge says 4-year-old can be sued for negligence

Carolyn Moynihan | 01 November 2010
How responsible can you expect a four-year-old to be? A lawsuit in Manhattan has raised that question after a judge ruled that a young girl accused of running down an elderly woman while racing a bicycle with training wheels on a sidewalk can be sued for negligence.

Where children’s moral sense starts

Mary Rice Hasson | 01 October 2010
Kids increasingly lack “moral sense.” But why? And what can we do about it?

Character parts

Carolyn Moynihan | 15 January 2010
We hear a lot these days about giving children social skills, cultivating critical thinking, resilience, emotional intelligence and the like, but it all boils down to character -- a concept neglected for much of the 20th century.

Family Edge looks at news and trends affecting the family in the light of human dignity. Our focus is the inspiring, creative, humorous, annoying, ridiculous, and dangerous ideas in the evening news. Send tips and brainwaves to the editor, Tamara Rajakariar, at tamara.rajakariar@

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