Welcome to Maurice’s Valises

J.S. Friedman, the author of Maurice’s Valises, was inspired to create this book series with a primary goal of helping build children’s empathy muscles. Truly, there is not enough empathy in today’s world, and a child’s core set of values are not innate, but are rather fostered by the environment and influences around him.

We believe in cultivating a strong value system in each child of the growing generation so that they may do good in the world, be kind and productive members of society, and foster a moral compass that helps them value the teachings of many sources: artists, authors, poets, religious figures, great thinkers, spi ritual guides, and public figures, above others.

We’ve come across a number of articles that talk about various morals, and felt that the 5 articles listed here give an accurate background to what Maurice’s Valises is all about, or they provide a roadmap to helping encourage that solid foundation for kind, resourceful, compassionate, confident kids:

1. 15 Ways to Raise a Child with Good Values

TV, schools, religious institutions, peer group, movies, books and other media are all strong teachers regarding values. But no matter how strong those cultural forces, most teenagers point to their parents as the primary source of their values. Regardless of your own personal list of what you value most, the words themselves won’t mean much out of context. Help your child to develop the values you want him to have with these 15 ideas.

2. Why I’m Not Raising a “Good Girl”

“In the midst of young motherhood, I believed that having well-behaved kids, ones who didn’t make waves, meant that I was being a good mom. And while I think that polite words and gentle hearts make the world go round, what changes the world, what also matters, is confidence, assertiveness and the belief that you matter enough to take up space, to make a difference. These traits aren’t inconveniences; they’re gifts. Kindness and assertiveness can go hand in hand.”

3. 25 Ways to Ask Your Kids ‘How Was School Today?’ Without Asking ‘How Was School Today?’

“[These questions] aren’t perfect, but I do at least get complete sentences, and some have led to some interesting conversations… and hilarious answers… and some insights into how my kids think and feel about school.”

4. 8 Ways to Build Cyber Kids’ Social Emotional Intelligence

Teaching children how to communicate effectively is one of the greatest gifts you can give them. Few skills increase their confidence, social competence and self-esteem more because kids use these skills in every area of their lives. So what’s the problem? It’s this: today’s teens would rather text than talk. And you don’t learn social-emotional skills by facing screens. You can improve your child’s communication skills and boost his or her emotional intelligence. Here are eight simple ways to tune up our kids’ social emotional intelligence.

5. The Benefits of Helping Preschoolers Understand & Discuss Their Emotions

When children learn how to calm themselves down, use language to express their feelings and treat others with kindness, they are laying the foundation for future success and wellness. Een without a formal curriculum to draw on, parents and early childhood educators can do a lot to foster young children’s emotional literacy.