One thing is for sure when it comes to ethics and making better decisions: the choices aren't always easy and peer pressure and time are not usually on the chooser's side. A person usually doesn't have a week to think things over, or even a day. The choice must frequently be made quickly. Hence, going through these scenarios beforehand make the real-life decisions we are faced with easier to deal with when they come up. The peer pressure isn't as much of a factor when ways of thinking have already been established.
I highly recommend this book to parents and teachers.
from the publisher:
Following on the popularity of her first book, If You Had to Choose, What Would You Do? children’s author and psychologist Sandra McLeod Humphrey continues her series on kids making tough moral choices in a complex world. This new interactive book encourages parents and teachers to talk to children about their values and helps kids formulate their own personal value system in the face of peer pressure, even when following their own conscience means going it alone. The twenty-five contemporary scenarios presented are situations that children can easily identify with, and the questions at the end of each chapter encourage productive, in-depth discussions about the moral choices suggested by a particular story. Readers can easily personalize each short tale or use them as jumping-off points to make up their own problem scenarios to fit specific circumstances.
Above all, this is a fun book! Kids will enjoy reading through each short situation and then deciding what they would do. Best of all, they’ll learn that just as their bodies need exercise to build strong muscle and bone, moral character also needs “sets” and “reps” to keep it fit. In a society where rules are ambiguous and role models transient, this excellent book will guide children through everyday problems and instill in them a sense of responsibility for their own choices and actions.
Sandra McLeod Humphrey (Minnetonka, MN) is an award-winning children’s writer, a retired psychologist, and the author of six books including It’s Up to You . . . What Do You Do?.