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Enrichment at breakfast

March 11, 2008

Do you want your kids to have a global, or at least national, perspective? Do you want them to have empathy for people who suffer? Do you want them to want to be involved in their community, rather than just focused on accumulating “service hours”? Do you think it’s hard to teach these values in a classroom setting?   Try discussing issues and values at the breakfast table.

A subscription to the newspaper and a few open-ended questions (“What should Congress do about….?”) can lead to some active debates and “teachable moments”. And teenagers definitely like to express their opinions!

In the long run, that newspaper subscription might lead to a journalist, politician, urban planner, philanthropist, or entrepreneur in the family.

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