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Above All, Be Kind: Raising a Humane Child in Challenging Times

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Above All, Be Kind teaches parents how to raise their children to be humane in the broadest sense—to become not only more compassionate in their interactions with family and friends, but to grow up to make life choices that demonstrate respect for the environment, other species, and all people. The book includes chapters for early, middle, teenage, and young adult years, as well as activities, issue sidebars, cases, tips, and profiles.

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Overview

Above All, Be Kind teaches parents how to raise their children to be humane in the broadest sense—to become not only more compassionate in their interactions with family and friends, but to grow up to make life choices that demonstrate respect for the environment, other species, and all people. The book includes chapters for early, middle, teenage, and young adult years, as well as activities, issue sidebars, cases, tips, and profiles.

Zoe Weil is cofounder and President of the International Institute for Humane Education. She developed the first graduate program in humane education in the U.S. and conducts frequent humane education workshops. Author of several humane education books for young people, and a parent, she lives in Maine.

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In a world replete with negative peer and media influences, teaching a child to be generous, honest, and kind may seem impossible. As cofounder and president of the International Institute for Humane Education, Weil encourages parents to identify first which values are most important to instill in their children (through a helpful "My Life Is My Message" worksheet). Then she assists them in developing an action plan for modeling those characteristics. Once parents have identified these values, the author reveals four key elements to creating compassionate, confident children: providing information; teaching critical thinking; instilling the three Rs of reverence, respect, and responsibility; and offering positive choices. Next, Weil supplies guidelines for raising humane children in three developmental stages-the early years (zero to six), the middle years (seven to 12), and adolescence (13-plus). While this book explains how to address some difficult situations (e.g., what to do when your five-year-old wants a toy gun) and includes inspiring tales of families altering their lifestyles to embody humaneness, its strong environmental and vegetarian agenda may put off certain readers. Recommended for public libraries in environmentally aware areas.-Charity Peak, Regis Univ., Colorado Springs Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780865714939
  • Publisher: New Society Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/1/2003
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author


Zoe Weil is on the faculty of the University of Maine and Cambridge College, and is President of the International Institute for Humane Education which offers the only comprehensive M.Ed. degree and certificate program in humane education in the U.S. As director of Animalearn -- an animal protection organization -- for seven years, she pioneered the development of humane education, reaching tens of thousands of students annually. A frequent speaker at conferences around the U.S. and abroad, she lives in Surry, Maine.
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