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Programs for Parents

In the Gema Foundation we believe that family is the social environment in which a child gets ready to face the challenges of life. It is the place where he learns to love, be tolerant and act with fairness, consideration, respect and courtesy. This is the reason why we have developed a program for parents to create a healthy home environment for their child.

The program aims to help parents to awaken the virtues that are inside their children’s hearts by experiencing virtues and values at home. It consists of 4 workshops and the development of a personal plan to work virtues with each of their children.

Topics to be covered will include:

I. How to Educate by Example

  • Getting involved in the same goals as we demand children
  • Getting common goals of progress
  • Struggling together to improve and help each other

“…No matter how many times you tell your child that lying is wrong, and that the liar is degraded to others. As soon as you lie in front of your child and he understands the falsity of your words, such advice and warnings will be forgotten and,  as a morning fog that is dissipated by the first beams of the rising sun, their effect will be immediately erased from the child’s inner self…” Dr. Furutan

II. Positive Education

  • Traditional education vs. positive education
  • Positive actions: Aiming to foresee
  • How to acquire habits (identifying and exploiting sensitive periods)

Educating is to help our children to develop their virtues.

All children are born with all the virtues, the gifts within, waiting to grow...What a child becomes is the result of four things: nature, nurturance, opportunity and effort. Nature is a child’s natural giftedness or virtues “profile”… Nurturance is how a child is educated, how his gifts are recognized and supported… The opportunities children have to act on their virtues give them the possibility to become who they are… Effort is a child’s responsibility, his ability to respond to the opportunity to practice the virtues.” Linda Kavelin.

III. Effective Education:

  • A child receives all necessary information
  • He receives the information under the right conditions
  • He processes information correctly, in the same line of objectives to be achieved

The person must be properly motivated to embrace the information received and take action. It is not enough for children to know they must be orderly. They have to clean their room, to do it well and willingly.

IV. Education that Aims Motivation

  • The appropriateness of punishment and rewards
  • How to reward
  • The effectiveness of rewards and punishments

It is a fact that the use of rewards and punishments is a direct way to motivate their will in a certain direction. But how should we do it? Rewards and punishments can be counterproductive if not applied properly. These actions may achieve the opposite effect.

V. Submission of the Participants’ Action Plans

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