STD 3 EDUCATING OUR CHILDREN IN HUMAN VIRTUES Strathmore School Thursday 27th June 2019 The need for virtue Virtue yields happiness Our
goal in life is to attain what is good for us - Happiness We need virtue to facilitate that process The need for virtue Thomas Aquinas and the first principle of happiness Do good and avoid evil Assumption
1: we know what is good Assumption 2: we go for it Virtues and Habits Virtues Both are Habits oriented to what is good Virtues what is truly good
for us Vices good what is apparently Aristotle Virtue & the Golden Mean is to act in the right manner and is a mean between excess and defect How habits work
Habits They are stored in our brains follow a Habit Loop A cue activates a craving The craving calls for action; to satisfy or flee
A routine our response to the craving. A reward results from completing the action Simon Sinek Happiness Chemicals Happiness Chemicals Key Phrases Example Endorphins
No Pain Late night working Dopamine One more Setting and achieving milestones Serotonin Loyalty: allegiance Making the other proud Oxytocin
Intimacy and safety Family time; one-on-one with boss Out bad habits, in good habits (change) Get rid of the cue Break the routine. Rehearse a new routine Acquire a good habit to override
the bad one Develop Spoil the willpower muscle the rod and build the child Keystone Habits Developing Meditative Planning Making Prayer out your days
your bed every morning Tracking Having daily routines what you eat or spend family dinners Punishment Proximity It should be expected
Explain Be It It to the bad behaviour what is desirable clear about what bad is. Messy? should involve some pain is best if it helps to remedy the consequences Rewards Age 8 -12
Acknowledge their effort Time off from chores Camping in the backyard Ordering pizza
Choosing a special breakfast Eating out Planning a days activities Sleeping in a different place in the house Taking a trip to the park
Selecting something special for dinner Professor David Isaacs Building in Character Character forming - Age 8 Moderate Decision 12 pleasure and making pain Fortitud e
Perseverance Patience Industriousness Prudence Temperance Justice Generosity Responsibi lity Character forming - Age 8In these years children are able to take 12 responsibility for their own character
improvement. They respond very well if encouraged to act from motives of charity towards a parent or one of their sisters or brothers. Home atmosphere and family example continue to play a major role, consolidating the habits acquired in earlier years. The value of a positive peer group becomes very noticeable also at this time
Educating in Virtue means Giving Knowledge Show them TRUTH, GOOD, BEAUTY Facilitating Practice Equip them with habits to obtain TRUTH, GOOD, BEAUTY Offering Strength Motivate and encourage them to attain TRUTH, GOOD, BEAUTY
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