To Produce the Best We Must Be the Best.
I have a friend who just had a baby and I think that is the most wonderful thing that can happen in our lives. When you have kids, you’re in for the next best chapter of your life. Everything changes and you learn that it is an incredible honor and responsibility to care for another life. I think it is incumbent on us as parents to raise our children to be the best they can be, and to know the difference between good and bad, and right and wrong. Manners are learned behaviors, so it is up to us to teach the next generation about the importance of opening doors for others, saying thank you and please, helping without being asked, and thinking about others’ feelings. Even if you do not have your own children, adults play a critical role in a child’s emotional, social and physical development, so being an aunt or uncle is helping that child embrace the world. The old adage “it takes a village to raise a child” is more important today than ever before.
Children can be shaped in many ways, some good and some not so good. Children start emulating the behaviour they see around them from a very early age. This is what they will mimic and after a time it will become a habit. We have the opportunity to teach our children these things so they form the best habits to provide them with the best skills which will in turn help them navigate through life and have the ability to interact in a meaningful way with others.
I read a post the other day that talked about how people don’t hold doors open for each other anymore and how some of the pleasantries seem to be fading away. I am very pleased to see that my boys hold doors open for people, are respectful, and treat people in a way that I think they like to be treated. Honesty, integrity, and good manners will always be a good trait. If we are fortunate enough our children will give us grandchildren, it is akin to ice cream on top of the chocolate cake. Sometimes we reap what we sow, as the saying goes, so sow the best seeds you can and watch the product of your efforts blossom.