“Don’t worry that children never listen to you; worry that they are always watching you.” – Robert Fulghum
It’s not that what you say, it’s what you do. That’s the thing with kids right?. If I am telling my toddler not to shout and if I am raising my voice to him, he doesn’t hear me!. That’s the thing about kids. They are little mirrors that reflect the good, as well as the bad in us. It’s up to us to change those that look not so good. Working on being a better mom for a better world, will ultimately make me a better person.
Win Win situation!
While the world today is a much more casual place than in the days of our childhood, there is no reason that we must be casual about respecting others. Proper behaviour and manners can go along in ways to making our world a better place and our children better people.
It’s great to think about how we can raise our children to be a better person. Well, I would raise mine to be contributors ( not just consumers), who care for the environment and the well being of others.
As a mother of two, I would help my kids develop the social skills they need for their life. I want them to grow into happy, well-adjusted, well- behaved adults. It will play a major role in their success and happiness as they grow older.
I think social development is even more important than the academic skills for making this world a better place. I would teach my kids to
- Listen to others
- Ignore distractions
- Ask for help
- Get along with others
- Be responsible for their behaviour
- Do nice things for others
- Realise that people are important
- Be patient and wait for your turn
- Think for yourselves
- Develop sense of humour
I feel these are the necessary fundamental behaviours that would help them to succeed (not just survive) and contribute in making our world a better place to live in.
Clearly there is ‘ no fail safe’ method and I know it’s way too early to tell what sort of adults they will become, but I am impressed with the kind they are now. I and my husband are trying to lay a solid foundation for them by leading them. Of course, kids are watching us lots. Our actions speak louder than words. So, as responsible parents we try to live ethical, caring life. Although we are far from perfect role models, hopefully Malini(8yrs) and Madhav(1.5 yr) will pick up useful lessons from how we live and grow out be responsible, caring adults.
This post is being written for the #MomsforaBetterWorld Project by Women’s Web team