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Valor is stability, not of legs and arms, but of courage and the soul.
Michel de Montaigne
A quality as complex as courage has a developmental thread that extends back in our lives to the emergence of willpower during infancy. Courage is not innate, nor is it learned just before it appears. Like all complex behavior, it has developmental origins that extend back in time long before it appears.

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My book Raising Courageous Kids: Eight Steps to Practical Heroism is available from and other online and local bookstores. For information and resources for use with the book visit Raising Courageous Kids website.

Also, this website does not receive much attention from me. My new current website is Visit to read my blog and view other resources.

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Welcome to The WonderWise Parent, an award winning, informative, ad banner-free site on parenting and parent-child relationships. The WonderWise Parent is designed for parents, grandparents, foster parents, stepparents, caregivers, teachers, and parent educators. It was created and is maintained by Dr. Charles A. Smith, extension specialist with Kansas State Research and Extension in the School of Family Studies and Human Services at Kansas State University.

Becoming WonderWise means being open to learning about the humanity of children--what they bring into the world and how they grow. It means becoming more trusting of one's intuition as a parent and accepting the uncertainty and magic in all relationships. Parents are treated here as intelligent and caring human beings capable of making their own decisions about child rearing.

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