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20 Teachable Virtues: Practical Ways to Pass on Lessons of Virtue (Perigee) Paperback – August 1, 1995


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  • Series: Perigee
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Perigee Trade (August 1, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399519599
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399519598
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.7 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,559,892 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Without sanctimony and without moralizing, the authors of Discipline Without Shouting or Spanking tackle the knotty and formidable task of transmitting fundamental moral lessons to children. Their straightforward approach assigns a chapter to each selected virtue, starting with Empathy and running through Courage, Loyalty and Peacemaking to Cooperating. Clearheaded discussions of the role each virtue plays in daily life and examples of how neglecting its practice can disrupt home life accompany realistic suggestions for parents to seize "teachable moments," when lessons can be imparted to offspring without sermonizing. A valuable recurring section titled "Warning" urges parents to practice what they subtly preach (e.g., don't expect a child to learn respect if his or private space is routinely violated). This compelling, down-to-earth and useful guide deserves a place on any parenting how-to shelf.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By dchss007 on August 4, 2004
This book is written for parents/families with children of any age - from young children through the teenage years. Each chapter has an example family that is having a problem with a virtue covered in a chapter. In most chapters, the siblings in the family argue and do not get along. Well, not only this book has great ideas and examples of how families can teach different virtues to their children, but it also shows examples how to encourage the siblings in the family to get along and be kind to each other.

The structure of the book allows you to read any chapter as you choose. You don't have to read it from the beginning to the end. Say, your family has a problem with Respect - you can open a chapter on Respect and read it all by itself.

I found this book to be very refreshing. The chapter on Respect is a great one. If you want to teach your children Respect, YOU have to respect them and treat them with respect. For example, the book suggests treating your children, as they were guests in your house. It does not mean you have to serve them and drop all the rules. All it means - you will not yell at your guests for spilling a juice on the table and tell how clumsy they (your guests) are. Then why should you yell at your children?

This book is not only for "middle Americans living in a white suburb" - all children of all ages need to have empathy and respect to self and to others. I don't think it's meant to be applied in the classrooms. This book is written for parents raising children - working or staying home. Also, I don't think that the book "makes an assumption that parents are O.K". I think a lot of parents, while they read this book, may revalue their own behavior and the way they handle different situations and their own children.
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34 of 42 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 19, 1996
Various virtues are examined from a behavioral/psychological approach.
The commentary in terms of implementation seems to be focused on
a small child or young inexperienced parent. My impression was
the virtues were randomly selected without much order and
connnection. I thought that the reccomendations were applicable to
middle Americans living in a white suburb. The title teachable implied
implied that these might be used in a classroom, It would have been
nice to see a chapter or appendix suggesting how it might be used at
school. After all, the problem that most parents are having is a
lack of time and most teachers spend more time with children
in today's culture than parents. This lack of time was not addressed by the
authors. Finally, the book made the assumption that parents are O.K. and
they themselves don't have room for improving their own virtues. I think
all of us especially parents need to be less arrogant and realize that we
teach virtues to children by modeling our own virtuous behavior. This is probably
the major failing in this book. The writing style seemed choppy and made it
difficult to follow the points of the authors.
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By Michelle on November 27, 2013
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My father read this book before he had children and he gave me his origional copy when he felt I was old enough to appreciate it. That vintage, worn-out copy has been a treasure of mine ever since. Everyone should read this book, whether you have children or not.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By sujin lee on October 14, 2013
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This book will provide me important attitudes to live this material world which has lost many essential life virtues. I want to learn and apply these into my life to change this world.
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