Ask any grandparent what's top on their list in terms of how they want their grandkids to be raised, and most will tell you, "I want my grandchildren to be good people." But raising 'good people' doesn't just happen, it's taught.
"Saying we want good behavior from children can be vague for them, especially when they are young," says Kathy Motlagh, who along with her sister, Sara, has founded ThinkVirtues
, an interactive educational program that parents, grandparents and schools can use to teach children as young as four the virtues important to being kind, caring people. "Teaching specific virtues takes the abstract idea of 'good' and makes it tangible for kids."
Virtues, everything from enthusiasm to empathy, have been around since the time of Aristotle and are advocated by all religions. "They are the behavior that's expected ever since humanity began," Motlagh says. While there are hundreds of virtues, here are five that set the foundation for the ThinkVirtues program, along with ways grandparents and parents can reinforce those virtues with kids.
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