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Welcome to The Parent's Store-Books and games for Moral Development
The Parent's Store is your source of books and other resources for preventive parenting. Our goal is to help you parent now to prevent later difficulties with antisocial behavior, addiction and ADHD. The earlier you begin the techniques of prevention we recommend, the greater your chances of complete prevention will be. It is our mission to provide you with the tools you need to parent your at risk child.

The intensive parenting that at risk children require involves encouraging the development of three specific abilities I have called the Inner Triangle. These abilities are 1) Ability to Love 2) Impulse Control and 3) Moral Reasoning. On a regular basis we want to provide you with even more tools for parenting your at risk child.

Just Like His Father? and The Child Well-Being Workbook both include chapters on enhancing your child's moral reasoning ability. The process by which children come to understand morality is called moral development. During moral development, kids learn moral values. Values are emotional connections to ideas. So moral development means to fully possess the moral emotions of caring, guilt, respect and shame, and knowing moral rules. We may not think that guilt is a good emotion to experience. While excessive guilt is not good, recent studies show that too little guilt is a cause of behavioral problems. In order to have respect, children and teens must be capable of shame. So while shame is not a positive force in a child's life, it is important that children be capable of shame. Many child development experts agree that today's parenting practices are not helping children develop the capacity for moral emotions.

On this page you will find books and other tools that help you teach your child values and moral concepts in an enjoyable, positive way. The books/tools are grouped by age. According to Dr. Leedom, there are three values that will help an at risk child most. These are: Love yourself by action, Love your family/friends by action AND Love your community/Earth by action, These books will help you impart these values to your child. Most of all the at risk child needs to learn caretaking of Self, others and the community/environment.

Many of the selections for Middle and High School kids encourage a social conscience. Remember your at risk child is energetic and is a born leader. It is important to direct his/her energies toward activities he/she can really be proud of and will build character.

Just Like His Father

Just Like His Father? A Guide to Overcoming Your Child's Genetic Connection to Antisocial Behavior, Addiction and ADHD
By Liane J. Leedom, M.D.


Teach your Child Morality to accompany Just Like His Father?
By Liane J. Leedom, M.D.
Teach Your Child Morality is full of parenting exercises to teach love and emotional intelligence to your child. Electronic version only $.1.00 when you order Just Like His Father or any other item on this page. (Note you must have Just Like His Father? To use these parenting exercises.)

Electronic copy-$1.00

26 Big Things Small Hands Do
Coleen Paratore and Illustrated by Mike Reed 

AGES 1-4 Go beyond “A is for Apple” with an alphabet book that builds character. As children learn and review their ABCs, they discover positive actions they can perform with their own small hands—like applauding, building, giving gifts made with love, helping, planting, recycling, and volunteering.

These are simple things even toddlers can do for themselves and others. The message throughout is that everyone, no matter how young or how small, can make a difference in the lives of those around them.


What Do You Stand For?
A Guide to Building Character
By: Barbara A. Lewis

AGES 5-10 Even elementary school children can build positive character traits like caring, citizenship, cooperation, courage, fairness, honesty, respect, and responsibility. The true stories, inspiring quotations, thought-provoking dilemmas, and activities in this book help kids grow into capable, moral teens and adults. Previously titled Being Your Best, this award-winning book has a fresh new cover and updated resources.


What Do You Stand For? Character Stickers

Kids love stickers—to collect, trade, and decorate notebooks, books, and other surfaces. Our colorful new stickers are more than decorations. They reinforce and honor 16 positive character traits including Courage, Responsibility, Honesty, Empathy, Fairness, Creativity, and Humor. Adapted from What Do You Stand For? A Kid’s Guide to Building Character by Barbara A. Lewis, they’re sure to be popular at home, in the classroom, or anywhere kids are. Set of 96 stickers on 6 sheets; stickers are approx. 1” x 1 3/4”.


Stick with It! Character Magnet Set

Build character at home, in the classroom, community center, youth center, or wherever you display these inspiring words. These fun character magnets will stick to any metal surface—school locker, refrigerator, chalkboard, file cabinet, lunchbox—reminding kids to stick with it! Simply snap apart the pre-cut pieces, and display them anywhere you want to encourage positive values.

When you figure out what you stand for—and what you won't stand for—you can be more confident and accepting of yourself and others. You can share your talents, abilities, skills, and interests. You can be a stronger, more complete, and happier person."
Based on What Do You Stand For? A Kid's Guide to Building Character by award-winning author and educator Barbara A. Lewis. One 3" x 4" magnet and 34 1" x 1 1/2" magnets


Character Building Day by Day 180 Quick Read Alouds
By Anne D. Mather and Louise B, Welden

AGES 5-10 This book makes it easy to teach character concepts to your child. It includes 180 character short stories—grouped by trait. Each features kids in real-life situations making decisions that reflect their character. Each is short enough to be read aloud; all can be used as starting points for discussion, to support an existing character education program, or as the basis for an independent program. An excellent tool for the classroom or the character-conscious home.


The Doggy Dung Disaster & Other True Stories
Regular Kids Doing Heroic Things Around the World

By Garth Sundem

AGES 5-10 Eleven-year-old Tilly saved lives in Thailand by warning people that a tsunami was coming. Fifteen-year-old Malika fought against segregation in her Alabama town. Ten-year-old Jean-Dominic won a battle against pesticides—and the cancer the pesticides caused in his body. Six-year-old Ryan raised $800,000 to drill water wells in Africa. And twelve-year-old Haruka invented a new way to scoop dog poop. With the right role models, any child can be a hero. Thirty true stories profile kids who used their heads, their hearts, their courage, and sometimes their stubbornness to help others and do extraordinary things. As young readers meet these boys and girls from around the world, they may wonder, “What kind of hero lives inside of me?” r


Growing Good Kids Book & CD-ROM
28 Activities to Enhance Self-Awareness, Compassion, and Leadership
Deb Delisle, Jim Delisle, Ph.D., and Illustrated by Ken Vinton, M.A. 

AGES 5-12 These fun and meaningful activities build children's skills in problem solving, decision making, cooperative learning, divergent thinking, and communication while promoting self-awareness, tolerance, character development, and service.

Kids create books, write stories, resolve to help others, explore their own values, discover why mistakes can sometimes be beneficial, practice patience, and more in projects that combine enjoyment with learning.

All activities are step-by-step; many include extensions and variations for use at school, at home, and in the community.

Includes 33 reproducible handout and transparency masters.


Kids with Courage
True Stories About Young People Making a Difference
Barbara A. Lewis

AGES 5-10 Meet 18 remarkable kids with the courage to speak out, fight back, come to the rescue, and stand up for their beliefs.

As fun to read as fiction, these exciting true stories prove that anyone, at any age, in any life circumstance, can make a real difference in the world.


Loving to Learn
The Commitment to Learning Assets
By Pamela Espeland and Elizabeth Verdick

AGES 5-10 Kids learn how to build the five Commitment to Learning Assets: Achievement Motivation, Learning Engagement, Homework, Bonding to Adults at School, and Reading for Pleasure. Stories, tips, and ideas show them why and how being a good learner can help them succeed in school and in life.
his package offers a unique approach to one of the most pressing problems of our time…anger in children and adolescents. Child psychologist, Jerry Wilde, speaks directly to kids in a language they can easily understand.


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Making Choices and Making Friends
By Pamela Espeland and Elizabeth Verdick

AGES 5-10 This book offers a unique approach to one of the most pressing problems of our time…anger in children and adolescents. Child psychologist, Jerry Wilde, speaks directly to kids in a language they can easily understand


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People Who Care About You
By: Pamela Espeland and Elizabeth Verdick

AGES 5-10 The first book in the Adding Assets Series for Kids introduces and describes the six support assets: Family Support, Positive Family Communication, Other Adult Relationships, Caring Neighborhood, Caring School Climate, and Parent Involvement in Schooling. Each asset is clearly defined and introduced by a story. Kids learn concrete, realistic ways to build family closeness and strengthen other important relationships in their lives.


The Dandelion Spirit

Helping out and Staying Safe
By: Pamela Espeland and Elizabeth Verdick

AGES 5-10 The second book in the Adding Assets Series for Kids introduces and describes the four Empowerment Assets: Community Values Children, Children as Resources, Service to Others, and Safety.

Each asset is clearly defined and introduced by a story. Kids learn simple, everyday ways to play useful roles at home and in the community, help others, and feel safer at home, at school, and in their neighborhood.


Doing and Being Your Best
By: Pamela Espeland and Elizabeth Verdick

AGES 5-10 Kids learn how to build the six Boundaries and Expectations Assets: Family Boundaries, School Boundaries, Neighborhood Boundaries, Adult Role Models, Positive Peer Influence, and High Expectations. Stories, tips, and ideas show them why and how boundaries help them behave in positive, responsible ways. .


Smart Ways to Spend Your Time
By: Pamela Espeland and Elizabeth Verdick

AGES 5-10 Kids learn how to build the four Constructive Use of Time Assets: Creative Activities, Child Programs, Religious Community, and Time at Home. Stories, tips, and ideas promote healthy, constructive, relationship-strengthening interests and activities


Knowing and Doing What's Right
By: Pamela Espeland and Elizabeth Verdick

AGES 5-10 Kids learn how to build the six Positive Values assets: Caring, Equality and Social Justice, Integrity, Honesty, Responsibility, and Healthy Lifestyle. Stories, tips, and ideas help them to make good choices and build positive character traits.


Proud to Be You
By: Pamela Espeland and Elizabeth Verdick

AGES 5-10 Kids learn how to build the four Positive Identity Assets: personal power, self-esteem, sense of purpose, and a positive view of their personal future. Stories, tips, and ideas help them feel good about themselves and optimistic about what's ahead for them.


The Complete Set

Special Savings! Set of 8 Adding Assets Books
Pamela Espeland and Elizabeth Verdick

Order the Set and receive complementary electronic copies of Just Like His Father? and The Child Well-Being Workbook. Research-based, requested by parents and teachers, the student books in the Adding Assets Series for Kids include true-to-life stories about children who are building the assets for themselves or a friend. In between the stories are asset-building ideas for kids to try at home, at school, in their neighborhood, in their faith community, and with their friends. The books are written in kid-friendly language and liberally illustrated. Each also includes a message for adults and helpful resources.


Kids Guide to Social Action
By: Barbara A. Lewis

AGES 11-17 First published in 1991, The Kid’s Guide to Social Action has helped thousands of young people get involved, get noticed, and get results. It has won awards from Parenting Magazine (“Outstanding Children’s Book, Reading-Magic Awards”) and the American Library Association (“Best of the Best for Children”). And now it’s even better. Exciting, empowering, and packed with information, this is the ultimate guide for kids who want to make a difference in the world. Step-by-step instructions show how to write letters, do interviews, make speeches, take surveys, raise funds, get media coverage, and more.


Kids Guide to Hunger and Homelessness
By: Catheryn Berger Kay, M.A.

AGES 11-17 Kids learn about the causes and effects of hunger and homelessness, read about what other people (including young people) have done and are doing to help, explore what their community needs, and develop a service project. Includes facts, quotations, real-life examples, write-on pages, resources, a note to teachers and other adults—and a lot of inspiration to get out there and make a difference in the world. A hands-on, get-involved student workbook to use as a stand-alone or in conjunction with The Complete Guide to Service Learning.


Kids Guide to Social Service Projects
Over 500 Service Ideas for Young People Who Want to Make a Difference
By: Barbara A. Lewis

AGES 11-17 This guide has something for everyone who wants to make a difference, from simple projects to large-scale commitments.

Kids can choose from a variety of topics including animals, crime fighting, the environment, friendship, hunger, literacy, politics and government, and transportation.

A special section gives step-by-step instructions for creating fliers, petitions, press releases, and more.


What Do You Stand For?
A Guide to Building Character
By: Barbara A. Lewis

AGES 11-17 Young people need guidance from caring adults to build strong, positive character traits—but they can also build their own. This book by the best-selling author of The Kid’s Guide to Social Action invites children and teens to explore and practice honesty, kindness, empathy, integrity, tolerance, patience, respect, and more.

Quotations and background information set the stage. Dilemmas challenge readers to think about, discuss, and debate positive traits. Activities invite them to explore what they stand for at school, at home, and in their communities. True stories profile real kids who exemplify positive traits; resources point the way toward character-building books, organizations, programs, and Web sites.


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