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Character Building : A Guide for Parents and Children - David Isaacs

Character Building

A Guide for Parents and Children

Paperback Published: 10th April 2001
ISBN: 9781851825929
Number Of Pages: 288

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In this book, author David Isaacs, an educationalist and parent, offers ideas and suggestions on how parents and teachers can help children's all-round development. The emphasis is on character building, approached from the viewpoint of moral habits. Professor Isaacs takes twenty-four virtues and discusses how the child - at different ages - can be encouraged to be obedient, industrious, sincere, prudent, generous, optimistic, sociable, and so on. There is no book on child development quite like this.

Prologue: The permanent value of the familyp. 1
The family is so efficientp. 2
The family: a group of persons who sharep. 3
Security and permanencep. 4
Personal stylep. 5
The family as first school of human virtuesp. 5
The unity of the familyp. 6
Conclusionp. 7
Introduction: Training children in human virtuesp. 11
A word about terminologyp. 11
Why parents should be concerned about virtuesp. 12
How to increase commitment to developing virtuep. 13
Two problemsp. 14
Virtues, ages and motivationsp. 15
Up to seven years oldp. 17
From eight to twelve years oldp. 18
From thirteen to fifteen years oldp. 19
From sixteen to eighteen years oldp. 20
Conclusionp. 21
Generosityp. 23
Appreciating what we havep. 23
Motives for generosityp. 25
The needs of othersp. 27
Givingp. 28
Generosity and lovep. 28
Fortitudep. 33
Endurancep. 34
Indifferencep. 37
Enterprisep. 38
Difficulties in teaching fortitudep. 39
Optimismp. 43
Optimism based on confidencep. 43
Realism and improvementp. 46
Perseverancep. 52
Developing habitsp. 53
As time passesp. 53
Other difficultiesp. 55
Necessary and unnecessary helpp. 56
Perseverance in the Christian lifep. 57
Orderlinessp. 62
Good examplep. 62
Proper use of timep. 63
Tidinessp. 65
Doing thingsp. 67
Final remarksp. 68
Responsibilityp. 72
Responsibility for one's own deliberate actionsp. 73
Responsibility and decisionsp. 75
Unintentional actionsp. 77
Concern for othersp. 78
Respect for Othersp. 82
Friends, companions and strangersp. 83
Relationships with parentsp. 87
Sincerityp. 92
Seeing things as they arep. 93
Distortions of the truthp. 96
Falsifying the factsp. 98
Practising the virtue of sincerityp. 99
Modestyp. 103
The importance of privacyp. 103
Modesty in practicep. 105
External influencesp. 108
Teaching modestyp. 109
Moderationp. 115
The consumer societyp. 116
Using our timep. 119
Parents and teenage childrenp. 121
Flexibilityp. 125
Flexibility and firmnessp. 126
Firmness and flexibility in relationshipsp. 127
Adapting our behaviourp. 128
Teaching flexibilityp. 129
Loyaltyp. 134
The relationship of loyaltyp. 135
Recognising relationshipsp. 136
Compatible relationshipsp. 138
Learning to be loyalp. 139
Relationships and personal freedomp. 140
Industriousnessp. 144
Work and other dutiesp. 144
Doing things diligentlyp. 145
Problems involved in getting things donep. 146
The problem of motivationp. 147
Motives and agesp. 149
The child's sheer ability to do what he is asked top. 151
Two vicesp. 152
Patiencep. 156
The influence of the environmentp. 156
Stage onep. 158
Motives for being patientp. 159
Patience at different ages: small childrenp. 160
Older childrenp. 162
Being patient with childrenp. 163
Justicep. 168
A few points about the notion of justicep. 168
Children's relationship with othersp. 169
Justice up to the age of ninep. 170
From nine to thirteenp. 171
The reasons for being justp. 172
Taking account of each person's circumstancesp. 173
Older childrenp. 173
Parents' justicep. 174
Final remarksp. 175
Obediencep. 178
The permissive societyp. 178
Motives for being obedientp. 180
Obedience up to the age of thirteenp. 181
What parents should dop. 182
Obedience in the case of older childrenp. 184
Prudencep. 188
Prudence and parents themselvesp. 188
Developing the virtue of prudencep. 190
Sizing up the situationp. 190
Knowing how to judgep. 193
Making decisionsp. 195
Audacityp. 199
Conditions for audacityp. 200
Discovering noble goalsp. 201
The problem of prudencep. 203
The Christian virtuep. 203
Humilityp. 207
Sufficient humilityp. 208
Abundant humilityp. 209
Self-sufficiencyp. 209
In relationships with othersp. 210
Superabundant humilityp. 212
Simplicityp. 216
Letting oneself be knownp. 216
The simplicity of small childrenp. 217
The experience of being naturalp. 218
Simplicity and teenagersp. 219
Obstacles to simplicityp. 220
The way simplicity expresses itselfp. 222
Sociabilityp. 226
Getting on well with and being interested in othersp. 226
Communicating with other peoplep. 229
Sociability and solidarityp. 230
Friendshipp. 234
Friendship: conditions and characteristicsp. 235
Friends at different agesp. 237
Friendship and the other human virtuesp. 238
The family's rolep. 240
The parents' examplep. 241
Conclusionp. 241
Understandingp. 245
Empathyp. 246
Conditions for being understandingp. 246
Teaching people to be perceptivep. 247
Showing that one understandsp. 249
Patriotismp. 254
Patriotic feelingp. 255
Supporting and defending valuesp. 256
Recognising the noble aspirations of all other countriesp. 258
Appendixes
Character building in schoolsp. 261
Short descriptions of virtuesp. 267
Notesp. 271
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ISBN: 9781851825929
ISBN-10: 1851825924
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 10th April 2001
Publisher: Four Courts Press Ltd
Country of Publication: IE
Dimensions (cm): 22.23 x 14.61  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.39
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: Revised