- Oct 18, 2011
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583 days ago
What can you do every day?
As a parent
Lead by example. We can’t be perfect all the time, but we can:
Ensure their physical and emotional safety and well being.
Speak to our children as we’d like them to speak to others.
When driving ensure they are always safely strapped in the back seat.
Choose nutritional over junk food.
Help with homework (yes that does mean having to do maths homework all over again!)
Read them a story at night
Do what you do best: Lead with Love.
As a teacher
You have an enormous influence over a child’s present and future. You’re setting the foundations for their future. It’s your job to teach them their ABC, and it’s your gift to give them a love and passion for learning. “My teacher said…” is one of the most commonly used children’s sayings.
As a friend
It’s easy to tell a friend what they want to hear. It’s less easy to tell them that they’re in an abusive relationship. That drinking excessively is dangerous, and that dropping out of school is crazy. We all hear what we want to hear. But sometimes when confronted by the truth by a close friend, we’re able to hear what we need to hear.
As a sibling
Sometimes an elder sibling is able to exert more influence on a younger sibling than even a parent. Why? Because a younger sibling looks up to their big brother or sister with different eyes. The smile on a younger siblings face when their big sister or brother plays with them, or gives them praise says it all. A sibling should be a friend and confidante for life. So even if your younger brother has broken your favourite doll today, he’ll still be at your side tomorrow.
As a caregiver
If you’re caring for the very young or very old you know how powerless they are. Their well being is in your hands. Be kind and treat them with the respect they deserve. The word caregive says it all: Care + Giver.
As a manager
Juggling demotions & promotions may all be in a day’s work, but what about that person in the corner who isn’t the right fit for your workplace but has something else to offer. How about being that person’s mentor? It may not further your organization, or even yourself. But you could be the bridge a young person needs to cross, in order to find their true destination.
As someone who thinks they’ve got nothing to offer…
“Thank you”. That’s all you have to say to someone who has packed your groceries, given you an unwanted flyer or made way for you in a queue. Even a smile with eye contact could make someone’s day. Make someone feel valued, and you’re giving a great deal more than you could ever imagine.♦ End