Wednesday, November 7, 2012
“True humility is not thinking less of yourself; it is thinking of yourself less.”
― C.S. Lewis
Parents teach their kids to work hard, to study more to achieve success, to learn new things to be competent in life. But in the race of imparting too many skills to kids; parents tend to forget that teaching children about the value of humility is just as essential as inspiring children to be successful.
Let go of 'me' attitude
Instill in your children the habit of sharing right from the beginning. You need to teach kids to drop the “Me” attitude. Else when this “I, Me, Myself” attitude will turn into selfishness in kids, you won't even realize.
If you are a mother of two kids, motivate your elder child to share his toys, clothes with the younger kid and encourage the younger one to help his older sibling with the chores.
Encourage kids to participate in charity work
Don't just preach. Lead by example. Take your children to a orphanage, a homeless shelter in your locality or charity events. Let kids donate their old clothes or toys to the less fortunate fact, take kids to the charity events as well.
Don't think that your kids may get depressed seeing people living in unsatisfactory conditions. You run the risk of spoiling your kids, if you keep them in luxury all the time. When your kids will witness you helping not-so-fortunate people, it will develop humility and empathy in kids.
Encourage kids to be grateful
Parenting help: Teach kids to learn to be grateful for everything. There are thousands of inspirational videos that inspire kids about the significance of gratitude. Encourage kids to say “Please” and “Thank you”.
If your child has scored brownie points in a project, explain to him how his teachers have played a role in his achievement and that he must acknowledge their contribution.
Remember to teach your children to apologize when they make a mistake. Owning up to a mistake will help them build confidence and a strong sense of ownership and responsibility to do each task with energy, determination and effort.
Parenting children does not mean imposing values and ethics on the kids without explaining to them their true significance. You cannot teach humility to kids by bullying or scolding them. The best parenting advice is be a role model for your children and they will follow in your footsteps.