Last week my family spent the day at a museum. There were several school groups at the museum, one of being entirely comprised of teenagers. Since we had a stroller and the museum was three levels, we had to take an elevator several times. On our first trip up to the third floor the doors opened and a dozen teenagers attempted to rush in to the already full elevator (full with my family + stroller that wanted off) I finally had to yell at them to back up and let us out, I assumed they had no chaperone and that was why they were all breathing down the elevator shaft. However, once I made it off I was surprised to see a grown up chaperone at the back staring at me like I was the crazy one.
My seven-year-old still thinks farts are hilarious, but even she knows to stand back a fair distance and wait for people to exit an elevator before she gets on.
As parents we teach by example, sometimes we don’t even have to be parents, humans in general teach and lead by example. When someone sees someone else do something kind or considerate, they are more likely to do something kind and considerate in the near future. That’s not a horrible chain of events to have happen, is it?
There are a few things in particular (elevator included) that I try to be conscious of, especially when it comes to teaching opportunities with my own girls. What follows are ten basic things all humans should take note of and that all kids should know by the time they leave the nest.
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Remember, your kids are watching you. Especially when you drive. Since kids don’t drive they’re going to model your behavior in other areas of their life (which is why Addie once screamed “OUTTA THE WAY IDIOT!” while playing MarioKart with the family one night. *sideways eyes to Cody*)
Send good, considerate people out into the world, it’s really the best thing you can do for society.
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