How exactly do children learn values?
24 year old Damar Hamlin, #3 on the Buffalo Bills, recently had a heart attack in the middle of a game against the Bengals, happily he is now home and on the mend. He started a GoFundMe in 2020 to raise money for toys for children because he said, "As I embark on my journey to the NFL, I will never forget where I came from and I am committed to using my platform to positively impact the community that raised me. I created the Chasing M's Foundation as a vehicle that will allow me to deliver that impact." His goal was $2500, the number as I write this is close to 9 million dollars! That's an impact!
Telling your kids stories like this will help instill positive values.
Or how about the Rockefeller Christmas Tree?
This magnificent tree brings the joy of the season to half a million people while it is up. This custom started in 1931 at Rockefeller Center. What happens to the tree when they take it down in January? Humanity. Again, tell your children that story! The lumber is donated to a charity that needs it, this year it went to Habitat For Humanity. Tell that story to your children to build the important value of sustainability.
Or how about a police precinct in Brooklyn that was unsafe and needed to be protected by other police officers. A deli in the neighborhood heard the story and delivered sandwiches and cookies for the 3 shifts of police officers in gratitude that lasted for days.
Maybe tell your kids about all the admirable things that happen by people trying to be up standers, not bystanders. Be the best version of yourself, always.
Find a school where these values are an important part of the fabric of the school and part of the mission of the school. Need help figuring out which schools do this?
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