GoVirtues

Richard Sidharta

Our aim is to share inspirational thoughts and discussions related to the role of a parent as an educator and guide, so we can support children to grow through the many challenges of life and to help them turn these challenges into moral victories. Through conversations with parents and teachers, we will learn from their lessons, and share how we, as parents, can plant and nurture the seed that will make a lasting impact towards our children's’ purpose.

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In this episode, we speak about how to help children stay strong when they are afraid. In many situations, children look upon us as their ‘heroes’, when they are afraid. Quite often, fear comes from not having traveled the path before, or the ‘unknown’. Sometimes it comes from having failed before, and having the courage to persevere and go at it again. We speak about different strategies and examples of how we can teach children to have courage and to listen to their hearts. How can children face their fears and learn to try new things, and as importantly, ask for help when they need it.GoVirtues:Instagram | Facebook | Website

Oct 14

34 min 18 sec

This week, we laugh and laugh as we focus on the virtue of Cheerfulness. Tové Kane is a broadcaster, and founder of the Speak & Shine Academy. She is passionate about teaching health and happiness and cares deeply about sustainability. Tové is a certified teacher in Mindfulness and Laughter Yoga. Join us as we discuss how families can find simple ways to be Cheerful, all through the practice of laughter. Come, laugh away with us this week.GoVirtues:Instagram | Facebook | WebsiteTové KaneWebsite

Sep 30

48 min

In this episode, we discuss the importance of setting boundaries and how this creates a safe space for families and for our relationships to thrive. We reflect on the virtue of Assertiveness, and speak of how we can cooperate in setting ground rules to create a culture of respect and trust.GoVirtues:Instagram | Facebook | Website

Sep 23

43 min 51 sec

This week, we explore the role of the parent as a guide and explore different situations we can better prepare our children for to avoid power struggles.GoVirtues:Instagram | Facebook | Website

Sep 15

42 min 42 sec

In this conversation, we dive into many personal examples of rituals within our own families that help cultivate an attitude of gratitude. We speak about the difficulties and circumstances that families find themselves in, and how we can, despite the challenges continue to be an excellent role model for our children.GoVirtues:Instagram | Facebook | Website

Sep 9

37 min 51 sec

This week, we speak about praise and the virtue of Appreciation. We discuss and reflect on past and personal experiences on how the use of effective and intentional praise works positively on our kids and ourselves.GoVirtues:Instagram | Facebook | Website

Sep 1

38 min 38 sec

As we open Season 2, it is with great enthusiasm that I introduce my co-host Shareen Ratnani. Join us in a light-hearted conversation about the importance of raising responsible children. Does your child take agreements seriously? Do they respond ably and admit mistakes without making excuses?Join us as we uncover the virtue of Responsibility, and speak about how to create routines, acknowledge children and recognise teachable moments in our homes.GoVirtues:Instagram | Facebook | Website 

Aug 26

44 min 46 sec

Season 1 Final Episode.In our final episode of Season 1, we speak with Dr. Mary Wilde and reflect on the virtue of Compassion. We discuss on how the virtues are rooted within us, and Mary gives us advice on how we need to be mindful and thoughtful about what we say or do with our children.Reflection Cards are available from The Virtues Project.Digital cards are available on The Virtues Cards app.Rate us: www.familyofvirtues.com/rate.Host: Richard Sidharta (Instagram | Twitter), Family of Virtues (Instagram | Facebook)Guest:Dr. Mary Wilde (Website | Facebook Group)

Nov 2020

55 min 28 sec

In our penultimate episode of Season 1, we reflect on the virtue of Gratitude with Jed Jurchenko. We discuss the importance of cultivating routines and rituals which model thankfulness in our homes and Jed shares with us practical tips on how we can take the first step towards this with our children, our partners, and with ourselves.Reflection Cards are available from The Virtues Project.Digital cards are available on The Virtues Cards app.Rate us: www.familyofvirtues.com/rate.Host: Richard Sidharta (Instagram | Twitter), Family of Virtues (Instagram | Facebook)Guest:Jed Jurchenko (Website | Blog)Reference:How To Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie14000 Things To Be Happy About by Barbara Ann Kipfer

Oct 2020

52 min 23 sec

This week, I speak with Bonnie McClure, a writer who prefers to write on topics covering a cross-section between spirituality and psychology. We discuss the importance of peacefulness as a virtue, and what it looks like in our homes with our children. We discuss how to model it, and how to acknowledge and guide our children towards a practice of peacefulness, providing them with an essential tool for their lives.Reflection Cards are available from The Virtues Project.Digital cards are available on The Virtues Cards app.Rate us: www.familyofvirtues.com/rate.Host: Richard Sidharta (Instagram | Twitter), Family of Virtues (Instagram | Facebook)Guest:Bonnie McClure (Website)Reference:The Anatomy of Peace: Resolving the Heart of Conflict

Oct 2020

52 min 35 sec

Eran Katz is a clinical psychologist and parenting counselor. He specializes in attachment theory. He's also the father of two children who are his best parenting teachers. He believes that parenting is one of the most important jobs we will ever do. In this episode, he discusses with us the Parenting MAP - focusing on mindfulness, attachment, and purpose. All things that resonate with us here at FoV. Listen in for an intriguing and thoughtful conversation with practical ideas to adopt.Reflection Cards are available from The Virtues Project.Digital cards are available on The Virtues Cards app.Rate us: www.familyofvirtues.com/rate.Host: Richard Sidharta (Instagram | Twitter), Family of Virtues (Instagram | Facebook)Guest:Eran Katz (Website | Podcast)Commitment:Commitment is caring deeply about a person, a goal, or a belief. Once we discern a direction, we go for it wholeheartedly. We don't hold back, second guess our decision or hesitate to act on it fully. We set our goals and we achieve them. We make promises and we keep them. We go the extra mile. We are faithful to our relationships and don't allow problems to make us waiver. Keeping our commitments strengthens our inner integrity. It deepens our capacity to carry responsibility with grace.

Oct 2020

54 min 40 sec

In this episode, we speak to award-winning film director Eric Christiansen on the virtue of 'Hope'. We discuss his personal experiences, trials, and tribulations and tap into his wisdom of how he managed to find hope even in the most challenging places. Like every episode, we focus a lot on families and children, and how we can cultivate the virtue of hope in our homes.Reflection Cards are available from The Virtues Project.Digital cards are available on The Virtues Cards app.Rate us: www.familyofvirtues.com/rate.Host: Richard Sidharta (Instagram | Twitter), Family of Virtues (Instagram | Facebook)Guest:Eric Christiansen (Website | Instagram), Movie: Unmasking Hope Website

Oct 2020

55 min 49 sec

In this episode, Nico and I discuss the virtue of Creativity. Nico uses anecdotes from his own profession and his personal life to reflect on what creativity means in everyday life, and how this enables children to be able to discover their special talents in the arts and beyond.Nico is the host of a podcast called 'What Would Mozart Do?'Reflection Cards are available from The Virtues Project.Digital cards are available on The Virtues Cards app.Rate us: www.familyofvirtues.com/rate.Host: Richard Sidharta (Instagram | Twitter), Family of Virtues (Instagram | Facebook)Guest:Nico de Villiers (Website | Instagram)

Oct 2020

54 min 58 sec

In our second episode with Linda Kavelin-Popov, we discuss the strategy of Spiritual Companioning and the virtue of empathy. As we listen, we all learn an important skill to address feelings and to support children to make moral choices. It involves being deeply present and is the most effective approach to managing anger.Reflection Cards are available from The Virtues Project.Digital cards are available on The Virtues Cards app.Rate us: www.familyofvirtues.com/rate.Host: Richard Sidharta (Instagram | Twitter), Family of Virtues (Instagram | Facebook)Guest:Linda Kavelin-Popov (Website)

Sep 2020

47 min 5 sec

Be prepared to open your mind, heart and soul as we discuss The Virtues Project with Co-Founder Linda Kavelin-Popov. We reflect on the virtues, the state of our common humanity and our commitment as parents to be the difference one action at a time.Reflection Cards are available from The Virtues Project.Digital cards are available on The Virtues Cards app.Rate us: www.familyofvirtues.com/rate.Host: Richard Sidharta (Instagram | Twitter), Family of Virtues (Instagram | Facebook)Guest:Linda Kavelin-Popov (Website)

Sep 2020

24 min 26 sec

In this episode, we continue our reflection on Tact as we speak with Mojgan Tosif about how we communicate with our children. As parents, we need to remember what our role is - as a guide and counselor, not an authoritarian or a dictator. By recognising that our children are full of virtues in potential, we learn to nurture these by 'naming' the virtues rather than shaming the child.Reflection Cards are available from The Virtues Project.Digital cards are available on The Virtues Cards app.Rate us: www.familyofvirtues.com/rate.Host: Richard Sidharta (Instagram | Twitter), Family of Virtues (Instagram | Facebook)Guest:Mojgan Tosif (World of Virtues)

Sep 2020

53 min

This week we reflect on the virtue of Tact. All of us may have the best of intentions, however, some of the words we use, and the timing of the conversation is the main difference between encouragement and discouragement. We either open the door or close it, sometimes forever. Let us reflect on what Tact means and how this impacts our lives, and our conversations with our children.Reflection Cards are available from The Virtues Project.Digital cards are available on The Virtues Cards app.Rate us: www.familyofvirtues.com/rate.Host: Richard Sidharta (Instagram | Twitter), Family of Virtues (Instagram | Facebook)

Sep 2020

15 min 30 sec

In this episode, we talk to Joseph Hamer about the parental longing for our children to be determined and succeed. With perceptiveness, we uncover the implications of our actions, and if our actions will be producing the desired results.Reflection Cards are available from The Virtues Project.Digital cards are available on The Virtues Cards app.Host: Richard Sidharta (Instagram | Twitter), Family of Virtues (Instagram | Facebook)Guest:Joseph Hamer (Twitter | Instagram | BrainAwakes)

Aug 2020

50 min 46 sec

This week, we reflect on the virtue of Courage, and how we as parents can support our children and provide them with the skills to power through their own battles to become resilient and determined individuals.Reflection Cards are available from The Virtues Project.Digital cards are available on The Virtues Cards app.Host: Richard Sidharta (Instagram | Twitter), Family of Virtues (Instagram | Facebook)References:Mogel, Wendy. The Blessing of a Skinned Knee: Using Timeless Teachings to Raise Self-Reliant Children (pp. 97-98). Scribner. Kindle Edition.Reaching The Sky  by Alexander NakaradaLink: https://filmmusic.io/song/6222-reaching-the-sky--long-versionLicense: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

Aug 2020

17 min 16 sec

In this second part of the 2 part series, Dara Feldman goes deeper into discussing the virtue of Reverence, and how we can practice it together as families with our children. Additionally, we touch on the topic of personal journaling and what that means to a person, and how we can encourage this practice in younger children as well.Reflection Cards are available from The Virtues Project.Digital cards are available on The Virtues Cards app.Host: Richard Sidharta (Instagram | Twitter), Family of Virtues (Instagram | Facebook)Guest: Dara Feldman (Facebook)dara@virtuesmatter.comwww.virtuesmatter.comwww.darafeldman.comReferences:Empty HandsThe Blessing of a Skinned KneeDr. Nadine Burke Harris (TED Talk)Dr. Nadine Burke Harris - The Deepest WellCookie Monster and Self-Regulation

Aug 2020

40 min 46 sec

We are practicing reverence when we have an attitude of respect towards all living things. When we have a regular practice of reflection or prayer. Lets reflect on how we can build an attitude of reverence in our families.Reflection Cards are available from The Virtues Project.Digital cards are available on The Virtues Cards app.Host: Richard Sidharta (Instagram | Twitter), Family of Virtues (Instagram | Facebook)Wind Of The Rainforest Preview by Kevin MacLeodLink: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/5729-wind-of-the-rainforest-previewLicense: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

Aug 2020

11 min 18 sec

How can we as families honour each other, and ensure that we practice the spirit of reverence and gratitude in our daily lives? The first of a two part series, Dara Feldman discusses her journey from being a celebrated educator, to an advocate for the Virtues Project and the spiritual and moral development of young children.Reflection Cards are available from The Virtues Project.Digital cards are available on The Virtues Cards app.Host: Richard Sidharta (Instagram | Twitter), Family of Virtues (Instagram | Facebook)Guest: Dara Feldman (Facebook)dara@virtuesmatter.comwww.virtuesmatter.comwww.darafeldman.com

Aug 2020

31 min 52 sec

Awe is deep respect and reverence for the Source of Life. We reflect on the virtue of Awe, and how we as adults may have lost our appreciation of the wonders of our creation and the Creator, and how children through their innocence are more connected to the Divine.Reflection Cards are available from The Virtues Project.Digital cards are available on The Virtues Cards app.Host: Richard Sidharta (Instagram | Twitter), Family of Virtues (Instagram | Facebook)..Sovereign by Kevin MacLeodLink: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4397-sovereignLicense: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) 

Aug 2020

10 min 41 sec

Guest Pam Mundy shares her wisdom and experience on how we can be purposeful as parents by understanding children, catering to their needs and by creating rituals and routines that celebrate the relationship between parent and child.Reflection Cards are available from The Virtues Project.Digital cards are available on The Virtues Cards app.The Gardener and the Carpenter - Alison GopnikHarvard University - Center on the Developing ChildRaising Children - David F. LancyChildren Learn What They Live - Lessons from Dorothy Law NolteHost: Richard Sidharta (Instagram | Twitter), Family of Virtues (Instagram | Facebook)

Jul 2020

54 min 2 sec

This week, we focus on our purpose as parents to be present, positive, and intentional in our relationship with our children.Reflection Cards are available from The Virtues Project.Digital cards are available on The Virtues Matter app.Host: Richard Sidharta (Instagram | Twitter), Family of Virtues (Instagram | Facebook)Clear Waters by Kevin MacLeodLink: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3516-clear-watersLicense: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

Jul 2020

14 min 47 sec

As parents face challenges of their own, we may be communicating with our children in a way that sends a different message to them than is originally intended. Guest Gareth Steed speaks passionately about how our words and actions can have positive and negative effects on our childrens behaviour and long-term emotional development.Reflection Cards are available from The Virtues Project.Digital cards are available on The Virtues Matter app.Host: Richard Sidharta (Instagram | Twitter), Guest: Gareth Steed (Linkedin | Instagram).Family of Virtues (Instagram | Facebook)

Jul 2020

51 min 35 sec

This week, we focus on the virtue of caring, between parents and children. We reflect on why we care for others, and how we can take care of ourselves too.Reflection Cards are available from The Virtues Project.Digital cards are available on The Virtues Matter app.Host: Richard Sidharta (Instagram | Twitter), Family of Virtues (Instagram | Facebook)Books:Parents in Pain (John White)How Children Raise Parents (Dan Allender)With the Sea by Kevin MacLeodLink: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4638-with-the-seaLicense: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

Jul 2020

15 min 1 sec

We’ve heard plenty of times about how love is all there is - there is nothing but love - but is love enough? Shareen Ratnani joins me in discussing the concept and the languages of love, and how to draw the balance between protecting our children, and letting them grow.Reflection Cards are available from The Virtues Project.Digital cards are available on The Virtues Matter app.Host: Richard Sidharta (Instagram | Twitter), Family of Virtues Facebook PageGuest: Shareen Ratnani (Instagram)

Jul 2020

48 min 33 sec

This week, in the midst of a global pandemic, we reflect on the virtue of Acceptance. We are grateful for the gift of Acceptance. It brings us serenity.Reflection Cards are available from The Virtues Project.Digital cards are available on The Virtues Matter app.Host: Richard Sidharta (Instagram | Twitter), Family of Virtues Facebook PageRelaxing Piano Music by Kevin MacLeodLink: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4273-relaxing-piano-musicLicense: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

Jul 2020

9 min 20 sec