Teaching children in today’s world is a tough job. It doesn’t matter if you are a parent, guardian, home school parent, or educator, the task is the most important job you will ever do. My belief is before you can begin teaching children anything you need to have your own value system in place.
Children are smart! Their actions often model what they witness first hand. So it is our job to model expectations that we want our children or students to exhibit. Honesty and integrity are two of the most important character traits a child can learn. If they can learn the importance of being honest at an early age, it will help them to become responsible adults who are able to form their own value system.
As a parent or educator, it is important to have a discipline plan in place. Children need routines and consistency in order to learn their boundaries. If you tell a child you are going to do something; make sure you follow through. SAY what YOU Mean and MEAN what YOU Say! Children learn quickly who to believe and who not to believe.
Examine your own actions on a daily basis. Are you treating others the way you want your children to do? Do you always tell the truth, no matter what the circumstances in tell? Have you heard the old saying Apples don’t fall far from the trees? Don’t forget that little eyes and ears are watching and listening. It is our job to model our expectations at all times.
If you have questions I can help answer, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Mrs. Good Choice is the new Dear Abby for children. You and your children may want to email me together. Expect an answer from Mrs. Good Choice in a timely manner.
Blessings until next time,
Children’s Author Dawn Young Ed.S