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Moral Development

Chopping the Cherry Tree: How Kids Learn Honesty

Wray Herbert | Posted 06.30.2014 | Science
Wray Herbert

In the '90s, in the midst of the so-called culture wars, dueling miscellanies represented a fundamental and acrimonious division over how to raise the next generation of American citizens. Lost in the bickering was a much more basic question: Can we really transmit a moral code to our children through the use of stories?

Are We Too Focused on Our Kids' Happiness?

Richard Weissbourd | Posted 06.14.2014 | Parents
Richard Weissbourd

Let us be clear -- we don't advocate suffering. And we're all in favor of happiness (and success and achievement). But we need to be wiser about how children truly become not only moral, but happier and high-achieving.

In Memory of Nelson Mandela: Nurturing a Spirit of Caring and Generosity in Our Children

Kenneth Barish, Ph.D. | Posted 02.17.2014 | Parents
Kenneth Barish, Ph.D.

We need to let them know that there is good work to be done in the world, work that they will be able to do and can do, even now.

True Empathy

Richard Weissbourd | Posted 01.26.2014 | Parents
Richard Weissbourd

Our goal should be to not only help children take others' viewpoints but to value diverse perspectives and people. How do we expand children's circle of empathy and concern?

Raising Moral Children: Keeping Them Safe From One Another

Vivian Diller, Ph.D. | Posted 02.16.2013 | Parents
Vivian Diller, Ph.D.

While we need training and a license to drive a car, pilot a plane and even own a gun -- activities that are regulated by our government -- what we need most and can regulate ourselves are the keys to raising healthy and moral children.

Raising Moral Kids without Gods: Wisdom Commons

Valerie Tarico | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Valerie Tarico

Research shows us that healthy human children come into the world primed to become moral members of society, just like they come into the world primed to acquire language.