Magazine article Work & Family Life

Conversations with Kids about Things That Really Matter

Magazine article Work & Family Life

Conversations with Kids about Things That Really Matter

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Conversations with kids about things that really matter

There's a lot of pressure on kids to be successful academically and in other areas of their lives. The stakes are high, and children need guidance to help them make good decisions, says Michael Parker, MEd, an ethics teacher and author of a new book Talk With Your Kids.

Kids have to learn that just because they are able to do something doesn't mean they should do it, Parker says. But they need time to consider and reflect on the consequences of their choices.

Parker's book offers a guide to having engaging, effective conversations with children about ethical issues in their lives-from honesty, friendship and bullying to downloading music and violent computer games.

He doesn't suggest "the right answers." Instead the book raises issues and asks questions for parents and kids to think about together. For example, in a chapter on "M aking Promises," Parker asks: What is a promise? Why do people make them? How important is it to keep them? What would your family! school!society be like if no one kept their promises?

The book addresses social media and the Internet-an area most kids consider "their turf." And while parents may not be up on the latest jargon, they do know about concepts of privacy, reputation and hurtful behavior. …

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