The Moral Intelligence of Children: How to Raise a Moral Child

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The question is more relevant now than ever before: what makes someone a moral person?

Child psychiatrist and Harvard professor Robert Coles has dedicated much of his life to exemplifying, teaching, and writing about the moral life. Here, Coles illuminates the ways in which children become moral or not so moral adults, drawing on case studies, talks with parents, visits to nurseries and classrooms, and interviews with children. No subject could be more important and more timely—for all Americans, but especially for parents. In the tradition of such bestsellers as Cultural Literacy and Emotional Intelligence, The Moral Intelligence of Children identifies a new type of intelligence essential for success and fulfillment in life. It will be used by parents and teachers for years to come as the authoritative guide to children's moral development.

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Despite our society's astounding success in securing material comfort and security, the moral crisis of modernity continues to be a thorn in our sides. Why is it that our superior educational system doesn't churn out superior moral adults? Robert Coles takes up where Daniel Goleman left off in his groundbreaking Emotional Intelligence and shows us how children learn moral behavior and how we can better teach them. Instead of theoretical essays filled with statistics and dry case studies, Coles's style of addressing the reader through the use of anecdotes and ruminations makes for a comfortable, engaging read.

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Prize-winning author of the bestselling The Spiritual Life of Children now explores how to develop character in children, from infancy through the teenage years. During three stages in the "moral archaeology of childhood, " Coles shows how to spot moral crossroads, and what to do about them.

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