Are you a parent?
By now you've probably learned quite a bit. You're encouraging fruits and veggies, insisting on warm clothing in the winter and googling the signs of meningitis when your child complains of a headache.
But how do you raise a child to have strong integrity? You do your best to set an example...but can you be more purposeful?
Years ago I read "The Book of Virtues" to my children. It is a collection of stories from different sources...speeches, the Bible, even poems. It was compiled by William Bennet, our past Secretary of Education and it's a wonderfully sneaky way to teach your children morals.
Here's what that looks like...I would put the kiddos in their pajamas and we'd all climb in bed. I'd look through the chapters before hand and pick a story to read that night. The chapters are broken down into different virtues such as persistence, faith and courage. Some are short, some are longer. You might remember some of these tales from your childhood but you just haven't thought about passing them on. It's time. Afterwards, I'd listen to the kid's comments about what we'd read.
I'm pretty sure they made an impression on my children.
I'm positive that they made an impression on me. These aren't necessarily stories just meant for children! (Although there is now a version that is designed for this)
I still think about one story...about a ball of string and how if you would give the string a little tug, it would make time go faster. Wouldn't that be great to have...or maybe not...you should read the story!
You can find this book on Amazon (new and used) Colder weather is coming and I can't think of a better thing than cuddling and reading to your children when you're trapped indoors!