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If You Had to Choose, What Would You Do? Paperback – October 1, 1995

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"I like the fact that your books use humor and directness to get at some important stuff in kids' lives." -- Mary Beth Blegen, National Teacher of the Year

"The situations presented in this book...can help you talk with children about important moral and social issues." -- Learning Magazine, January 2002

"These books will help children develop personal values and critical thinking skills." -- Family Times, March 1999

"These practical, hands-on, use-them-right-now books are just what every parent of school-age kids needs." -- Theresa Foy DiGeronimo, Coauthor of Raising a Thinking Child

These practical yet fun books show kids ways of making difficult choices. -- Richmond Parents Monthly, July 1999

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Psychologist Sandra McLeod Humphrey encourages parents and teachers to talk to children about values and to help them formulate their own personal value systems in the face of peer pressure, even when following their own conscience may mean going it alone. Children can easily identify with the moral dilemmas presented in the stories and the questions at the end of each story encourage productive, in-depth discussions about the moral choices suggested by each story. Kids will enjoy reading through the stories and then deciding what to do.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: 4 - 3
  • Paperback: 115 pages
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books (October 1, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 157392010X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1573920100
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.3 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #116,444 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is such a wonderful way to open up dialogue with yourchildren. They love to tell you what they would do and you get theopportunity to share your values at the same time. I really think this is a wonderful way to talk to your kids about peer pressure and right and wrong so they are prepared to make good decisions when the challenges actually arrive. I highly recommend this book to all parents.
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Consists of chapters of different scenarios. My six year old likes to listen and answer the questions but most of the stories are for older readers. E.g. one story is about a young boy who goes into his brother's box under his bed (which he knows is off limits) and finds a stash of hash. This led us to discussions of not just respecting privacy/ to tell or not to tell but the whole concept of marijuana and what it is! I'm happy to develop an awareness but there are no warnings as to the content of the story. (Should have 'pre-read' but the picture caught my daughter's attention while flicking through.) The lack of suggestions as to what to do is made up for in the text which touches on these while reading. The concept of the story is often not apparent from the title or the related illustrations.
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I really enjoyed this book. There is no right, nor wrong answer. The situations that the child needs to made a decision about, are real life, and believable. I have reccomended this book to all of my teacher friends. Thank you Ms. Humphrey
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We have children ranging from 6-11 who all love this book. It has become part of our dinner ritual to choose a story and take turns responding to the ethical challenges.
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This book, the first in the series, is the kind of book that I sought out when raising my young children. Humphrey, a licensed psychologist, does not preach values to children. Instead, she uses her years of experience to introduce twenty-five scenarios followed by a series of questions. These questions, ideal for teachers leading classroom discussions or for parents engaged in daily readings with their children, do not explicitly state a right course of action, but allow children to explore and fine-tune their own moral compass. The effect is the development of a child's own sense of fairness and what makes actions inherently right or wrong. I highly recommend this book, and the others in the series, for any teacher, parent, or grandparent interested in pursuing lively discussions regarding ethics and behavior with children.

Karl L. Kruger for the American Author's Association
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I bought this book for our "Character Building" class that we do for homeschool. My children, ages 4 and 8, both LOVE it. The stories are interesting and relevant to them. They are short and followed by questions to get kids thinking about what they would do in certain situations. I love how it gets kids thinking about all sides of the story and all possible outcomes. I also love how it opens up communication between parent and child (or students and teacher). I feel more confident that my children will come to me when they face these issues in their own lives because we've discussed them and they've witnessed me being understanding of the concerns of the children in the stories. Highly recommended!
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To me, this book is a "must have" for families. I'm using it with my young teenager as a part of a home school ethics curriculum, and it is so thought provoking. Teenagers often shut down, not talking to their parents about dilemmas and challenges they face in their everyday lives. This wonderful book gives kids and parents the opportunity to read and then talk about fictional stories that really resonate with kids. I highly recommend this book!
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This books offers multiple life lesson decision making scenarios. This book supported several great conversations with my six-year-old son around how to reason out options when decision making, build skill around linking actions to consequences, and provoke thoughts around how my son might feel after he'd made similar decisions. We discussed who might be impacted by his choices and how they might feel, which also allows for skill building and awareness building around empathy. This is a great values teaching tool.
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