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Raising Courageous Kids book coverIn simple language that informs without being overly pedagogical, Smith shares wisdom on character building that should greatly assist parents, educators and those who work to bring out the best in children. Publishers Weekly (full review)

Too often in this perilous world we hear the faint drumbeats of approaching danger, a call beckoning those whose hearts are filled with hate. Yet at the moment when these merchants of misery release inexplicable pain in the world, men and women with courageous hearts appear. Their heroism rekindles hope and reminds us that good will and decency remain alive.

Alana Franklin rescues a six-year-old nephew from a gunman who invaded his home. Fallon Richards pulls a bed-ridden elderly man from his bed to safety during a fire in his mobile home. Terreatha Barnes leaps into a runaway vehicle containing two preschool children and brings it to a halt by pushing on the brake with her hands (breaking her jaw as she does so).

What do these three individuals have in common? Other than being courageous females, Alana, Fallon, and Terreatha were all eleven or twelve years old. Their example shows us that the same heart that prompted passengers on Flight 93 to rise up against their captors, firefighters to march up the steps of the World Trade Center, and two men to bring a woman in a wheelchair down 70 floors at the WTC to safety, beats inside young people as well. We are not born with courage. Threads of power, devotion, integrity, honor, and valor were combined and woven into the tapestry of our lives from the moment we were born.

Although the website content remains stable, the information remains relevant. I would like to encourage you to take a look at my new site based on a very similar theme:


This site includes a blog and other resources that focus on courage, sacrifice, compassion, and caring. Because this site will have my primary focus, I don't anticipate updating raisingcourageouskids.com. There is a similar link at insightofcaring.com to request to be updated weekly. You also can subscribe to the RSS feed for the blog.

http://www.ksu.edu/wwparent/programs/courage/index.htm-- Revised: February 25, 2005
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