Magazine article Work & Family Life

Shifting the Focus to Kids' Moral Development

Magazine article Work & Family Life

Shifting the Focus to Kids' Moral Development

Article excerpt

Every generation of parents has a child-raising mission. And many in this generation focus on happiness. But the desire to endlessly smooth the way for kids and make them feel good about themselves "isn't really making our children happier," says Richard Weissbourd, Ed.D., a child and family psychologist who teaches at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

In his important new book, The Parents We Mean To Be, he says it is clearly troubling that many parents are paying so much attention to their children's happiness and self-esteem and too little on their moral development.

As Dr. Weissbourd describes how happiness and morality can and do coexist, he makes a clear plea to shift our parenting goals and concentrate less on happiness and more on nurturing kids' healthy maturity. This inencouraging honesty, kindness, loyalty, generosity and a commitment to justice - qualities that are at the heart of morality and lasting well-being.

The author addresses a range of issues such as: why so many parents are seeking a new kind of closeness with their children, the real danger in the "achievement craze," the moral power of schools, and the mature sports parent. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.