I have been following Annie Fox on Facebook and Twitter for some time now, and I greatly admire her work. When I was offered the opportunity recently to read her newest book, Teaching Kids To Be Good People, I was thrilled.
As the creator of The Mom Pledge, I think it should go without saying this is a topic I care deeply about. And many of the women who commit to the principles of The Mom Pledge do so not only for themselves, but for their children. Because they realize the importance of leading by example.
Annie had me from the get go when she wrote, "character assassination in public discourse is the air we breathe." She's hit the nail on the head, and goes on to say:
When our kids plug in... they encounter few positive adult role models. Online and off, our culture frequently ignores or rewards cruelty. This is why our children need us to do a better job mentoring them in the direction of respect and kindness.
All I can say to that is, "Amen!" This is an issue I am so passionate about. And I do not feel we as a society are focusing enough on the example being set by adults today. We look at the behavior of our children and youth and ask, "What can we do to change them?" We're not focusing on BEING the change that is needed.
What I enjoyed most about this book, beyond of course its overall aim, was that rather than simply discussing concepts or theories, it offers real life examples and practical solutions. It is written in a very prescriptive yet personable style.
Annie Fox gives parents and educators the tools they need to model compassion, teach kindness, manage emotions, encourage empathy and develop social courage. It needs to be read widely, and I hope it will be.
As a member of The Mom Pledge Community, I know you care about this, too. Right now, you can enter to win an autographed copy of Teaching Kids To Be Good People. The contest closes February 18, so head on over now! And thank you Annie for all your are doing to make the world a better place for all of us!