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About the Author

Thomas Lickona is a developmental psychologist and professor of education at the State University of New York at Cortland, where he directs the Center for the 4th and 5th Rs (respect and responsibility). The recipient of the Sandy Lifetime Achievement Award from the Character Education Partnership, he is the author of "Educating for Character, " which has been called "the bible of the character education movement."
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam (September 1, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 055337429X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553374292
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.9 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #443,080 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I recently reviewed several parenting books for a thesis paper to see how the advice stacked up against the all research articles on parenting that I could find. I read the books first and found myself really liking this one due to its readability and grounding in research. Also, it has sound philosophical teachings and specific advice that is appropriate to every age and stage. It combines the fields of Child Development and Psychology with morality and good common sense to lend the reader a practical guide. It leaves plenty of room for readers to fashion our parenting philosophy combining the information given with our own intuition, experience and views. Anyway, I also reviewed three other more popular books (bestsellers), some of which cited research of their own. What I found when I compared the advice given in these books with the findings of popular current studies on parenting is that Lickona's book was the most detailed, most grounded in research, least repetitive book of the four, AND it was very well-supported with the current findings I encountered. Hooray! If only the chapter on babies were more detailed (including more information on the most healthy philosophies for feeding, sleeping, etc.), I'd be even more thrilled. (I have a 4-month-old.) However, as a mother and scholar, I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to raise moral, thinking children. I would also recommend it to teachers.
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This is a GREAT book. Unlike a lot of child advice books, Dr, Lickona doesn't espouse a certain disciplinary theory. Instead, he teaches you how children of different ages tend to think, and how they see the world. Kids don't see things like adults do, and this books helps you to know what is normal for your child based on age ranges and how to help them mentally grow into the next stage. I used this book raising my own kids and have given at least half a dozen as gifts.
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I received this book some time ago thinking it was just another "others doing a better job than me" book. I recently starting reading it and found it very good for providing a sound approach to raising my own children.
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This book was my bible when I was raising my 4 kids. Dr. L.'s tone is always: "you can handle this, maybe not every time, maybe not always perfectly, but you can be successful with your child." I get tired of the smug "Do it my way and everything will be perfect" undertone I often hear in many parenting books. So not true! Every child and every parent are different.

I love that he tells you what behaviors to look for in your child to determine where they are developmentally, then detailing what decisions and choices your child is CAPABLE of. It takes the guess work out of what to expect and how to deal with those milestones - like "terrible twos" - we know all children go through in their own way and on their on clock. I was able to pick strategies that targeted what my child COULD do instead of beating my head against the wall with "popular methods" that my child was incapable of complying with developmentally.

As a parent, he talks about the hurdles he had to overcome with his children and different things that worked at different times that are appropriate to the stage the child is in. So he's giving me science, not gimmicks, which he has tested and found successful. During my children raising years, I kept this book close at hand - in the bathroom, on the bedside table - to reread and rethink how to handle my ever changing population in my house, and Dr. L. was a wonderful mentor.

I especially appreciate that Dr. L. discusses moral development - how to help your child make good decisions for his/herself and in relation to others. Again, this is done from a developmental standpoint, not a religious one, although it is certainly helpful in choosing what kind of religious guidelines to give your child at different ages.
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The best book I ever read about raising children with their moral development in mind. I like the stages of growth and the explanations of what happens in each stage and how to deal with it. I recommend this book to all of my clients who have children.
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I just recently purchased this book,i found it to be realistic and very helpful,i have read several parenting books and i think this is one of the best i have read so far.
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Wow, this one has been a classic for a long time and rightfully so. I'm surprised that there are only nine reviews. Lickona uses Kohlberg's moral development structure to lay out some really really helpful ideas for parents. I appreciate the down to earth nature of the discussion as Lickona clearly addresses some of the most common and difficult parenting issues. I'm not sure if this has been revised but some application surrounding the new social media challenges and use of technology might be helpful. The basic understandings are quite universally applicable and kind of timeless so it probably will never truly be outdated.
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This book has given me beneficial insight into both of my childrens' current view of the world, where they are developmentally in their morals, and how I can help them grow in their generosity, respect for others, and honesty. The greatest gift to me has been information on how children think at various stages and thus I don't get as impatient as I once did when they are selfish, won't share, are out for themselves. I now see that as normal and yet I know they can and will grow past these selfish, me-me mentality. Thanks to Dr. Likona for writing this!
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