Sunday, December 2, 2007

TEACHING KIDS TO CARE: Nuturing Character and Compassion by Bettie B. Youngs, PhD, EdD, Joanne Wolf, PhD, Joani Wafer, Dawn Lehman, PhD

Bettie B. Youngs is the author of the Tasteberry series for teens. I am familiar with this body and work and the wonderful response she received from teens themselves! This is not an extension of that work, but it is an extension of Dr. Youngs continued interest in helping society and young people in particular. This is not a "parenting" book, but rather a book about a movement, Kids Korps USA, a nonprofit organization that involves kids throughout the country in community service projects. "Teaching Kids To Care" is a practical guide for instilling the concept of "caring" in today's kids.

Interdependence, Connection, Perspective, Gratutude, and Inspiration these are the five essential touchstones necessary to guide children to become productive, well-adjusted, compassionate individuals. We have all seen children on the news or in the mall who are anything but the kind of individuals described. "Kindness" and "caring" seem to be lost concepts to the overly stimulated, overly connected, I-want-It-Now generation of children. This book gave me hope!

listen to interview

Another book by this author reviewed here: The House That Love Built

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