About Us

The Basics

We operate Virtues 101 as a division of Special Ideas Inc. We produce the items that people tell us they wish they had. Because of this we work for the people trying  to make the world a better place.

Virtues 101.com is our newest outreach just for teachers, parents and others who work with children. We want to help you make character education and learning about virtues easy and fun. Altogether we have a 4,000 sf warehouse and have produced over 1000 unique items.

Normally, we are here Monday – Friday 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM EST to talk with you. We’re closed on holidays and weekends.

History

When working as a research programmer for the medical school at Indiana University,  I also worked toward a PhD. I was a computer programmer with young children.  Instructional Systems Technology was the field I choose. You can think of this field as using technologies of all kinds to teach. My PhD research concerned character education and its effectiveness.

I am married to a man who decided at a young age to devote his life to making the world a better place.  I eventually gave up my job at IU to run his business. Many of the items sold by virtues 101 were produced for Special Ideas and are already popular. Virtues 101 was created to bring those products to the attention of a greater number of people.

Philosophy

We believe there is a strong relationship between emotions and virtues. Learning about virtues helps us to understand and have healthier emotions.  To help people learn this language, we have created a wide range of products that introduce both adults and children to the names and definitions of the character qualities that reside within them, and that are expressed in our daily interactions. From ABC Virtue Refrigerator Magnets for kids to Character Coins for adults, we want the words that describe your emotional environment to be as well known to you as the colors of your crayons or the letters of the alphabet.

When you teach the language of virtues, you empower your child’s emotional intelligence. Too many people associate “virtues” with prudishness, rigidity and self-sacrifice rather than joy, creativity and community-building. Here at Virtues 101, we believe that practicing virtues feels good. In fact, the name of a virtue often tells us just how good it can feel to practice it. The virtue of Joy makes us feel Joyful. Likewise, the virtue of Patience makes us feel Patient; Gratitude makes us feel Grateful; Kindness makes us feel Kind. These emotional responses to virtues feel good. Good character is a gift, not a burden.

Understanding the relationship between the vocabulary of virtues and the language of emotions means that, as children learn to identify, understand and appreciate their character strengths, they also come to understand their emotions – and the emotions of others. This understanding – gained while still young – will serve them well throughout their lives.

We operate Virtues 101 as a division of Special Ideas Inc, our primary family business. Primarily we produce the items that people tell us they wish they had available to use in making the world a better place. Altogether we have a 4,000 sf warehouse and have produced over 1000 unique items.

Virtues 101.com is our newest outreach just for teachers, parents and others who work with children. We want to help you make character education and learning about virtues easy and fun.

How You Can Help

We are always open to ideas for new products. Do you have an idea that would make character education easy? What do you wish you had to help you make teaching character or practicing virtues easier? Please send us your thoughts and tell us know how you are using our products to expand your virtue vocabulary.

Finally, even if you don’t purchase a thing, thank you for visiting this page and for your interest in making the world a little better. Please consider signing up for our newsletter at the bottom of each page. We promise not to send you too much – just new product announcements and character education ideas.

Normally, we are here Monday – Friday 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM EST to talk with you. We’re closed on holidays and weekends.

If you have a need, suggestion or question, we want to hear from you. This form is the easiest method for us, but don’t hesitate to call us during business hours at 1-812-834-5693. You can also drop out an email anytime.

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