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Raising Good Kids

We all want to instill in our kids good values not only to encourage them to choose kindness now but also to create good habits that ensure their compassion endures through adulthood.

 

How to do that? NPN parents and local experts have lots of ideas on how to raise good kids that become exemplary adults, from teaching table manners early to explaining racial inequities. Choose methods and strategies that work for your family, and create your own!

 

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