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Fostering Character Development in Teens: Honor, Pt 1

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def: (noun) fair and respects the rights of others One of the primary ways that societies regulate the behavior of their fellow citizens has been through an emphasis on honor; upholding it, defending it, living with it.  In many considerations, honor represents the whole collection of Character-istics, similar to Character and integrity.  However, in this column, honor represents a specific …

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New Year’s Eve

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It’s the biggest party night of the year when everyone is encouraged to throw out the past and celebrate the wondrous possibilities inherent in a new beginning.  Out with the old, in with the new!  Put the past behind you.  Look to the dawn of the very first day of a new year!  Start the New Year with a bang!  …

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Encouraging Adolescent Career Interests

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I spent some time with parents from Harvest Hands during our monthly parent discussion group talking about things parents can do to encourage their kid to be aware of and examine a wide range of possible career options. In between making kids pick up after themselves and breaking up sibling arguments, parents also need to help kids develop into happy, …

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Fostering Character Development in Teens: Honesty, pt 1

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def. (noun) sincere, frank, genuine, truthful In addition to learning how to behave appropriately in different social situations, establish a foundation for future employment, and develop meaningful close relationships, teens also need to create a foundation of universal moral principles to guide decision making throughout their lives.  Honesty is one of these fundamental values. Honest people are sincere, frank, genuine, …

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Helping Your Middle School Kid Grieve When A Teacher Dies

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Jim Benton, a teacher at Grassland Middle School in Franklin, Tennessee, died unexpectedly of an undiagnosed medical condition while on a field trip with some of his students.  Here are a couple of things to consider in helping your kid understand and deal with death when it comes to a teacher they and their friends knew in a setting like …

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Fostering Character Development in Teens: Generosity (cont.)

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Teach it.  Generosity needs to be taught.  There are a number of skills that lead to generosity.  Manners are an important form of generosity.  Good manners are about being considerate, patient, tolerant and generous.  Opening doors for others, giving up your seat to someone older or physically challenged, waiting for everyone to be served before beginning to eat and politeness …

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Fostering Character Development in Teens: Courage, pt 2

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Notice it.  What you characterize as courageous is important.  Who you consider to be heroic is important.  Again, while heroism is the easiest to spot it is the least relevant to helping your kid be courageous in their everyday life.  Heroism is rare by definition.  Courage is all around you.  It is on the news.  It is in your house.  …