Tips to Help Your Kids with Honesty

                                                                    Let’s be honest: nearly all kids—from tots to teens—stretch the truth and for all sorts of reasons: avoid punishment, make themselves look … Continue reading “Tips to Help Your Kids with Honesty”

Developing Character from Those Closest to Us

As a staff, we believe in practicing what you preach, and as such we often reflect on our own core values. When we drill down to the root of it, many of us come to find that it was indeed our family who instilled the values we’ve come to know, love and live by. Below, … Continue reading “Developing Character from Those Closest to Us”

A Young Girl Helps Kids with Incarcerated Parents

REALITY CHECK: During the past decades, the U.S. prison population skyrocketed, and so did the number of children experiencing the consequences of having a parent incarcerated. From just 1980 to 2000, the number of kids with a father in prison or jail rose by 500 percent. Today more than five million children in the USA have a parent … Continue reading “A Young Girl Helps Kids with Incarcerated Parents”

Build Positive Character This Summer through Books

By Kris Yankee, Co-Founder, High 5 for Character Summer reading was always an escape for me. I read as much as I could and as often as I was able. The Nancy Drew Mysteries series was one of my favorites. I loved that there were twists and turns, and even though it was always possible that Nancy wouldn’t … Continue reading “Build Positive Character This Summer through Books”

How to Wean Kids from TV and Video Games and Back into L.I.F.E.

Noted psychologist and parenting expert Michele Borba serves on CEP’s Board of Directors and shares  her blogs with us. To read more check out her home page. Follow her on Twitter @micheleborba. The majority of parents admit their kids are in front of that TV more than they’d like, but with summer here that could … Continue reading “How to Wean Kids from TV and Video Games and Back into L.I.F.E.”

Can You Create ‘Quality Time’?

By Carey Casey  Leading up to Father’s Day, there’s a national campaign to remind fathers of the important role they play in their children’s lives. It uses a common phrase for its slogan: quality time. I endorse this, because we need dads embracing their roles, spending time with their kids, and making memories together. And … Continue reading “Can You Create ‘Quality Time’?”

Promising Practices Spotlight: Brennan Woods Elementary School

Brennan Woods Elementary School – High Ridge, MO Program: Grandparents’ Luau The teachers at Brennan Woods Elementary School in High Ridge, Missouri, developed a Promising Practice event that honors grandparents, called the Grandparents’ Luau. The grandparents of second graders at Brennen Woods are invited to a luau every September. The second-grade teachers plan activities for … Continue reading “Promising Practices Spotlight: Brennan Woods Elementary School”

How to Talk to Kids About the Newtown School Shooting

The senseless school shooting that happened Friday at Sandy Hook Elementary School in the small town of Newtown, Connecticut is every parent’s nightmare. My heart breaks, as I’m sure yours does, when I think about these families. As of this moment [written 12/14/12] 28 people, 20 of whom were children between four and ten years … Continue reading “How to Talk to Kids About the Newtown School Shooting”

Helping Your Child Achieve Mature Independence

Children constantly strive for independence from the time they begin walking to the time they move out of the house, but parents continually stifle that quest for freedom. How? By telling their children what they should do, how they should do it, and where that should happen. You’ve probably been there with your child whose … Continue reading “Helping Your Child Achieve Mature Independence”

Day 1 Recap

We just wrapped up an outstanding first day at the 2012 the National Forum on Character Education – #cep2012. The day was filled with lots of excitement and energy.

President’s Post: Off We Go!

CEP VISION STATEMENT Young people everywhere who are educated, inspired and empowered to be ethical and engaged citizens. CEP MISSION STATEMENT Providing the vision, leadership and resources for schools, families and communities to develop ethical citizens committed to building a just and caring world. Exciting times for CEP!  On August 27th, we officially entered our … Continue reading “President’s Post: Off We Go!”

Empathy in Action

When my oldest son, Chad, was fourteen, he started a service learning project and was able to secure free medical and dental care for local children in our community who had no insurance. The lessons that Chad experienced as a teen stuck with him and now, at age 38, as a young pediatric plastic surgeon, … Continue reading “Empathy in Action”

Bully Prevention: Helping Kids Cool Hot Tempers

“I tried to stay calm, but it was too late!” “I wish I could tell when I’m about to explode.” “Don’t keep telling me I’m going to lose all my friends because of my temper. I can’t help it.” Your child may be more excitable or passionate by nature, but sometimes this emotional temperament can … Continue reading “Bully Prevention: Helping Kids Cool Hot Tempers”

9 Sure-Fire Ways to Get Kids Reading

REALITY CHECK:Are you aware that kids can lose upward of three months’ worth of reading progress during summer break? The infamous “summer reading slump” is well documented and shows that learning declines in most kids during these lazy, crazy days, but especially so in reading. Kent State education professor, Timothy Rasinski, points out that this … Continue reading “9 Sure-Fire Ways to Get Kids Reading”

Surprising Ways to Nurture Empathy in Kids

by Michele Borba REALITY CHECK: Empathy is the moral virtue that helps children “identify with and feel other people’s concerns.” When they do, they are more likely to reach out and respond in more caring, compassionate ways to others. Unlike genetics or appearance or most temperaments, empathy can be cultivated, and research shows that infants … Continue reading “Surprising Ways to Nurture Empathy in Kids”

5 Steps to Boost Reliability and Responsibility in Children

Parenting advice to curb irresponsibility, excuses and “blame games” and boost trustworthiness, accountability and kid responsibility Any of these sound familiar? “I forgot.” “Take care of this for me.” “It wasn’t my fault.” “I did some of it, but I left it on the bus.” “I don’t know where I put it.” They are statements … Continue reading “5 Steps to Boost Reliability and Responsibility in Children”

38 Parenting Practices That Build Moral Intelligence

REALITY CHECK: The family is the first school of virtue. Even in our increasingly toxic culture, parents can still have the inside track in their children’s development because parents are their children’s first and most important moral teachers. That premise only applies, though, if parents choose to use their moral influence. Remember, children do not … Continue reading “38 Parenting Practices That Build Moral Intelligence”

Veterans Day – A Teachable Moment

I had the great fortune of being raised by a loving family. They instilled in me certain values that shaped me into the person I am today. None of the adults in my family had much of a formal education though. My grandfather, for example, came to our country at the age of 10 with … Continue reading “Veterans Day – A Teachable Moment”

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