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Can “The Giving Tree” be explained in a way that isn't an unhealthy lesson?

My son loves "The Giving Tree," by Shel Silverstein. And I also remember it being a favorite of mine as a kid. I vaguely remember it from childhood as having some mildly sad themes, and most people ...
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How do I address a teacher humiliating my son by calling him a “tattletale”?

My friend recently shared this experience, and I thought it would be a good question for our site: So, [my son] got in trouble in school today. It seems that the kids were lined up in the ...
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Should I tell my 10-year old son, how screwed-up Cinderella is?

My 10-year old boy recently told me that he likes the Cinderella fairy tale. Some fairy tales including this one, have several layers of meaning and sometimes they guide people's life decisions. Let'...
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Should I stop pirating TV in order to better role model for my toddler?

I regularly pirate TV shows and occasionally music or movies. Other than that, I lead a crime-free life. Like many people who pirate things, I'd never go into a store and steal a cd or dvd, which is ...
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How do you teach morals and values in non-religious households?

There was a similar question to this one on moms4mom.com but I had trouble finding it earlier. My husband and I were raised Catholic, but neither of us believe any more. We have two daughters, and I'...
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How much of an effect does parenting style have on a child?

I'm not a parent and I haven't done as much research as anyone on this website. This question is motivated by looking at many of my friends. Sometimes, I find that one sibling is a high achiever, ...
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How to positively teach a toddler dishonest actions are bad

While on vacation my family and I were at a store and my 4 year old daughter had picked up a toy and placed it on the checkout belt. At this time we did not notice the toy and proceeded to checkout ...
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Ways to respond to younger sibling asking for help to cheat

How should one respond to a younger sibling asking for your help to cheat? Lets say a high school exam. How responsible is an older sibling for the younger sibling's decision to cheat? Where would ...
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Is there any upside to talking to young children about racial or ethnic groups?

I'm not talking about discussions of how different cultures have different traditions, and holidays, etc. I'm more interested in the idea of white, black or Asian people, which are obviously highly ...
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How can I teach my children to intervene in situations where they can help, without risking becoming busybodies, know-it-alls, etc

I'd like to teach both my kids to be the kind of people who will willingly insert themselves into situations where they can do some good. I hope to raise them to take pride in their ability to speak ...
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At what age does a child's moral compass form?

I've been reading many things about educating morality into a child. This question is great but does not deal with the age issue. My question is, at what age are children generally most active in ...
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How to teach kids the value of accepting loss and moving on using Aesop's fables or otherwise

I work part time with a kids after-school group and sometimes use Aesop's fables (which I also love) to teach them various moral values and ideas. Recently I've been trying to find a story (I'm ...