Category Archives: virtue

Virtue in Sibling Relationships

The home and family is the first and most important social relationship for children. It’s where they are shown and begin to learn how people treat other people while recognizing that everyone has individual rights and needs. The primary responsibility … Continue reading

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It Starts with Developing Virtue

Dealing with sibling rivalry is a subset of overall parenting responsibilities. As mentioned in my series on character and virtue, the key role of parents is to build “virtue” in their children. Developing virtue in each child prepares them to … Continue reading

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The Ultimate Virtues: Humility

Humility is tough for young children to acquire. Most parents want them to have high self-esteem which can lead to less commendable behaviour such as: self-admiration, feeling superior and being arrogant about it, exaggerating self-worth, importance, or stature, boasting and … Continue reading

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The Ultimate Virtues: Gratitude

With children gratitude starts simply. Teach them to say “thank you” and mean it. Teach them to explain what it is they are thankful for. With that start, children will expand this virtue to include: appreciating all the blessings they … Continue reading

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The Ultimate Virtues: Wisdom

Think of it! What if everyone was wise, grateful, and humble! I am 70 years old and have a handle on “gratitude”, but I’m still working on “wisdom” and “humility”. Let’s look at wisdom first. “We cannot do right unless we … Continue reading

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The Extra Mile – Justice

The seed that eventually grows into justice starts early with the cultivation of fairness. Initially the child‘s emphasis is on “self“ and then advances to include “others” and the necessity to be fair. The Golden Rule, which directs us to … Continue reading

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Go the Extra Mile: Optimism & Perseverance

“Success or failure … treat those two impostors the same.” I don’t know who is responsible for that quotation, but it is one of my favourites. I found it especially useful when coaching. But … what is the “same“ treatment? It’s … Continue reading

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