The Pledge – Part 4: Being Good

My World PledgeIn general, the word “good” is used in a positive way. In fact, it’s definition contains the word “positive”.

Good: adjective. Being positive or desirable in nature; not bad or poor.

For the purposes of continuing to break-down and discuss The Pledge, this week we are focused specifically on being “a good child, a good sibling and a good friend”. Think about the concept of “being good” in a broad sense and identify some ways that you can guide your kids towards consistently “good” behavior and making consistently “good” choices.

Here some things that my 9 year old daughter came up with when we talked about being good, and specifically being a good child, a good sibling and a good friend:

A Good Child is:
A good listener
Caring to friends and family members

A Good Sibling is:
Sets a good example

A Good Friend is:
Someone who works at creating a friendly environment

So sit down with your kids and make your own lists!  Get them thinking about ways to be a better sibling and friend.  You never know, along the way you may learn some things about yourself and ways you can be better, too!   It’s never too late to begin being a better person.  We always have room for improvement in this area :)

Have a GOOD weekend!

In Gratitude,

The Pledge – Part 3: Treat Everyone with Respect

My World PledgeIn our 3rd week of examining and breaking down The Pledge we’re focusing on “Respect”.  As we guide our children towards “living the pledge”, respect is clearly our foundation.  In fact, as one of the 5 pillars of character, if respect is consistently demonstrated, most, if not all, of the undesirable behaviors we’re striving to avoid/eliminate  simply never happen.

Here are some questions to assist in starting a conversation with your child(ren) about respect:

  • What does the word respect mean to you?
  • Have you ever felt like someone didn’t respect you, themselves, or others?
  • Have you ever seen somebody else not being treated respectfully, and if so, how did it make you feel?
  • Why do you think it’s important to treat everyone with respect?
  • Do you feel respected by all of your family members, care givers, and teachers?

Do you recall our previous dialogue on learned behavior? It really comes into play here… if you speak to your children with respect and treat them with respect, it is likely that that’s how they’ll treat and speak to you and others. If we have ongoing, open and respectful conversations with our children, they will openly and respectfully share more with us. It’s a two-way street!

Next up, “Good”. Specifically, being a good child, a good sibling, and a good friend.

Until then…

In Gratitude,