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-John Paul ii
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Volume 3: Secondary Age of Innocence

Formation in Christian Love Bookcover The Second Stage of Character Formation deals with educating children during the ages 7-12 as they develop in that critical stage prior to puberty. It presents the characteristics of mid-childhood and also late childhood. It highlights the factors in each stage and the virtues of fortitude, patience, perseverance, industriousness, responsibility, and generosity and how it is applied to ways of living and educating each one in daily life. Standards, motivation, and ability are presented for the benefit of the parents. Dr. Patrick DiVietri applies the formula: "DIF" to help parents form objectives in reaching their goals for each virtue during this stage.