Rushworth Kidder of Lincolnville will speak at the Portland Public Library Wednesday, Aug. 10 from noon to 1 p.m. as a part of its ongoing Brown Bag Lecture Series.

In support of his recent book “Good Kids, Tough Choices: How Parents Can Help Their Children Do the Right Thing,” Kidder will speak about how parents can guide their children through life’s ethical dilemmas and effectively support and lead them from their early years to their late teens.

Based on four years of extensive research and on-the-ground interviews with parents about their real-life ethical dilemmas, “Good Kids” provides clear, easy-to-follow guidelines for parents to navigate the sticky issues that their children confront in the 21st century. Through compelling storytelling and practical analysis, Kidder helps parents apply these tools and find comfortable ways to talk with their children about what’s right — without sounding self-righteous.

When it comes to helping children grasp core values, ethical decisions, and character-building courage, parents today are often spooked, said Kidder. But as he and his research team listened to scores of parents telling their tales, they were surprised and delighted by the principled, well-reasoned and even daring ethical approaches the parents took.

“Parents need encouragement, frameworks and vocabularies for discussion, all of which this book seeks to provide. And their looming, troubling question — Am I really a good parent?” — needs to be rephrased into a more practical and useful query — How can I become a better parent?,” Kidder said.

“Good Kids, Tough Choices” is a 2011 Honors Award recipient from the National Parenting Publications Awards Parenting Resources Competition. Kidder cofounded the Rockland-based Institute for Global Ethics in 1990 after a career in journalism and university teaching. He is the author of 10 books including “Moral Courage: Taking Action When Your Values Are Put to the Test” (2005) and “How Good People Make Tough Choices” (second edition, 2009). A sought‐after speaker in education and parenting circles, he and his wife Elizabeth have raised two daughters.

Portland Public Library’s Brown Bag Lecture Series takes place in the newly renovated Rines Auditorium, located in the lower level of the main library at 5 Monument Square in Portland. The event is free and open to the public. Coffee and tea is provided, and attendees are invited to bring their own lunches.

For more information, visit or contact the Institute for Global Ethics at 236‐6658.

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