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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Plume; First Printing edition (June 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0452278104
  • ISBN-13: 978-0452278103
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.3 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #44,625 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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When you witness a small child haul off and smack another child unprovoked, the theory of innate morality seems to lose all validity. Moral education has always been the domain of religion, and Linda Kavelin Popov has culled 52 universal virtues from the world's religions, one for each week of the year. The resulting Family Values Guide is a workbook for the moral education of children that transcends differences of religion or culture. Each week, the book suggests, a family should gather to discuss a different virtue from the book, such as love, generosity, or patience, and the parents then emphasize the virtue for the following days, capitalizing on appropriate moments for education. Contrary to some pop psychology authors, Popov insists that reasonable boundaries be established and maintained for children and that appropriate punishment be meted out when boundaries are crossed. Psychotherapist and president of the Family Values Project, Popov sees the language of values as the key to recognizing their importance in social interaction, and encourages parents to add other values to their own list.

About the Author

Linda Kavelin Popov is the author of The Family Virtues Guide and is one of the founders and directors of the Virtues Project International.  She travels around the world in support of the project’s initiatives, speaking to communities, businesses, and governmental organizations.  The United Nations Secretariat has honored the Virtues Project as a model for global reform for people of all cultures.  She lives in the Gulf Islands near Victoria, British Columbia.

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The concept is well thought through, well presented and easy to follow.
DAVID-LEONARD WILLIS
Our children need character development, and this is a great resource to help set the example and teach it.
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I absolute love the virtue part of this book but the first part of the book is very good too!
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By DAVID-LEONARD WILLIS on February 28, 2004
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What is the most important gift we can give our child during the few short years parents exercise major influence? Could it be that giving them a strong moral and ethical framework is the most important task we face? The voices are few, but they are growing - voices that say that ethics is the missing link in the world today. Voices that say that virtues need to be taught to our children in schools. Voices expressed in such books as "The Quiet revolution; Encouraging Positive Values in our Children" where we are told about a revolution in education that is taking place in the Oxford Education Authority in the UK, based on positive concepts such as honesty, truthfulness, respect, happiness, peace, responsibility and love. During the school year children are exposed to 22 similar concepts because the headmaster sees values as the foundation of education, of the healthy development of the child and indeed of the strength of the national community.
Religions identify more that 300 virtues as the basis of their teachings, but the author of "The Family Virtues Guide" has limited herself to a more manageable 52 - one for each week of the year - and reading this book was like a breath of fresh air in a smoke-filled room. Compiled by the Virtues Project, an international organization dedicated to inspiring spiritual growth in young and old alike, this multicultural, interfaith handbook has been prepared for all those who wish to turn these 52 virtues into reality by providing us with simple strategies which we can readily incorporate into our daily life and thus take advantage of those quickly passing teachable moments. All religions have their own version of the Golden Rule - do unto others as you would have others do unto you.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 31, 1998
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This Guide is a wonderful hands-on explanation of how to implement the power of positive creation into your family, starting with children at a very young age. It gives practical working examples of how to introduce positive expectancy into every day situations. As a parent of a one year-old, I am already finding it a wonderful resource for teaching values such as gentleness, patience, love and peacefulness to my daughter. Instead of repeatedly saying "no" and "don't," this Guide is teaching me how to ask for the behaviour I desire and then praising her when she exhibits one of the virtues we're working on. A must read for everyone in the family - I even bought a copy for my daughter's care-giver!
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful By FullHouseHomeschool on July 25, 2013
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The Family Virtues Guide is described as being "drawn from the world's religions". Many of the reviews make it sound completely inclusive, multi-cultural, and one even states it's non-religious. The truth is, the author writes from an entirely Christian point of view. Which is fine, if you're not looking for an inclusive, globally relevant book.

In the introduction, Ms. Popov writes, "The Family Virtues Guide is grounded in the sacred traditions of the world's religions, yet it does not promote the practices or beliefs of any particular faith." Yet a quick scan through the book reveals clear Christian practices and beliefs.

On assertiveness: "Assertiveness begins by being aware that you are a worthy person created by God." Also, "God made you the way you are to play your special part in the world," and, "The Creator wants you here as a blessing to the world."

Caring: "Caring about yourself means that you treat yourself with the respect and concern that you deserve as a child of God."

Cleanliness: "Straighten up your room and ask God to help you straighten up your life."

Confidence: "When you have confidence, you trust that whatever comes to you in your life is a gift from God for your perfecting." The affirmation includes "I welcome new possibilities and trust God to support me."

The theme continues through the vast majority of the 52 virtues, not just through the expected quotes from various texts, but in the author's own teachings. For flexible Christians, this may very well be exactly what you're looking for. It is NOT the "whatever you believe" book being described.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 14, 1999
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I introduced this book to our family as a "family meeting night" guide. We choose one of the 52 virtues per week, learn all about it, and practice it during the oncoming week. My four children love it, and enjoy pointing out when they see a virtue being used. Kids growing up in the world today need all the help they can get. This is an excellent resource for parents!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 27, 1998
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I have found this book inspiring and a wonderful way to discuss virtues in a non-threatening manner with adults and children of multiple cultural backgrounds. The commonality of the oneness of humanity's struggle for peace is evident in the writings chosen for each virtue.
The inclusion of references to Holy writings of the World's great religions exhibits the author's dedication to the oneness of humanity and the exhibition and examples of how the world can truly learn to live in harmony. By inclusion of the Holy writings of many different religions we are taught tolerance and to honour cultural differences as the world struggles toward unity.
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