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Education of the Heart – on Raising “Good” Kids

“When educating the minds of our youth, we must not forget to educate their hearts.” – Dalai Lama After devoting much time and attention to the growth and development of my boys, I confess that it still feels like a punch in the gut whenever I see them behaving poorly. Probably worst still is whenContinue reading “Education of the Heart – on Raising “Good” Kids”

Social Graces: Teaching Manners and Etiquette to Kids

I never went to finishing school and I was never given formal lessons on social grace, but when I was growing up, it was impolite to call anyone before 8am in the morning and after 9pm at night unless it was an emergency. Of course back then mobile phones hadn’t been invented and a ringingContinue reading “Social Graces: Teaching Manners and Etiquette to Kids”

Character Development: Social Grace

Some time back, hubby and I were watching Romance of the Three Kingdoms. The novel Romance of the Three Kingdoms by Luo Guanzhong is one of the four great classical novels of Chinese literature. It is a historical embellishment of a period in Chinese history containing both elements of fiction and non-fiction. See the Preview.Continue reading “Character Development: Social Grace”

Toddler Discipline: Lying and Rudeness

Which would you say is the lesser of two evils?  A child who is rude or a child that lies? I found myself caught in this paradox recently…  In Nurture Shock, we learned that one of the reasons why kids lie is because parents unwittingly teach them to.   How do we do that?  In theContinue reading “Toddler Discipline: Lying and Rudeness”