Review: How To Raise Kind Kids by Thomas Lickona


Can you teach a child to be kind?

This vital question is taking on a new urgency as our culture grows ever more abrasive and divided.

We all want our kids to be kind. But that is not the same as knowing what to do when you catch your son being unkind. A world-renowned developmental psychologist, Dr. Thomas Lickona has led the character education movement in schools for forty years. Now he shares with parents the vital tools they need to bring peace and foster cooperation at home. Kindness doesn’t stand on its own. It needs a supporting cast of other essential virtues–like courage, self-control, respect, and gratitude.

With concrete examples drawn from the many families Dr. Lickona has worked with over the years and clear tips you can act on tonight, How to Raise Kind Kids will help you give and get respect, hold family meetings to tackle persistent problems, discipline in a way that builds character, and improve the dynamic of your relationship with your children while putting them on the path to a happier and more fulfilling life.


If you ask me one thing I want my children to be when they grow up, it is to be kind. It’s something I work on diligently with them above all else, as I want to raise boys who are kind, respectful and loving. So far I think we’re doing a pretty good job, but when I saw this book I knew I had to read it to get more ideas!

This book gives very interesting anecdotes, studies and other information to discuss the issues of the decline in kindness in modern times, especially in American culture.

It’s not a major theme, but there are religious undertones so I thought I’d throw it out there in case it appeals to you or not.

Definitely recommend this one to parents!

Thank you to Penguin Books, Thomas Lickona and Netgalley for a copy of his book in exchange for an honest review.

4 stars

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