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Raising kind kids

Raising kind kids

by Carolyn Moynihan | April 11, 2018

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Last Saturday night I found myself, through sheer inertia, watching Disney’s 2015 version of “Cinderella” on the TV. It turned out to be touching, witty, and altogether a nice entertainment with a great take-home message in the form of Cinders' dying mother’s advice: “Have courage. Be kind.”

Kindness, as the famous fable demonstrates, does not come naturally; it is learned, first of all from parents. It is clear from reading the news and looking around us that parents need a bit of help with this task today, as ever. And who better to offer that help than character education expert Tom Lickona, whose new book, How To Raise Kind Kids, is reviewed today by Andrew Mullins.

Dr Mullins, the former headmaster of two boys’ schools in Sydney, knows a bit about character education himself. He has also met Dr Lickona and knows from experience that the latter writes well about the subject of raising kind kids precisely because he is a kind person.

“Treasure this book and give it to every young parent you know. They and their children will draw great benefit from it,” says our reviewer. It sounds like good advice to me.

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