ERIC Number: ED436706
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Reference Count: N/A
Lessons for the Trail of Life: Conversation Starters for Parents and Children.
Cunningham, Brian T.
Young adolescence is an important and special period of transition on the trail of life. The child-becoming-an-adult needs to talk safely with an adult about the meaning of life and how to live it. This book, which is part journal and part workbook, provides an opening for the young person and the adult to have serious conversations with one another on issues that arise on the trail to adulthood. The journal provides 17 trail of life lessons for the youngster and adult to examine, and 17 structured opportunities for them to listen to and talk with one another, and to do an activity together. Both will read privately a brief reflection on a topic and think about what it means in their own life. Several questions are posed which should be answered in writing. The act of writing helps to crystallize thoughts in a logical and structured manner and provides an opportunity to re-examine ideas. After writing their answers, youngsters and adults get together to share their thoughts. This conversation is the most important part of the program. The open discussion enables both youngster and adult to grow and deepen themselves and their relationship. Topics include: attitude, persistence, decisions, health, balance, honesty, happiness, love, giving, courage, opportunity, learning, hope, responsibility, sexuality, family, and God. A four-page guide for parents is appended. (GCP)
Descriptors: Adjustment (to Environment), Child Development, Childhood Needs, Early Adolescents, Elementary Education, Life Events, Parent Child Relationship, Values, Well Being
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Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Learner
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Parents; Students
Authoring Institution: National Catholic Educational Association, Washington, DC. Dept. of Elementary Schools.