Respect is fundamental, and the root of how we grow. Lack of respect appears to be far too common and is eating away at the culture of humanity. I am all too aware of how behaviors have far reaching effects, good and bad. But, I can make a difference and you can, too. Yesterday I went into a pizza shop and ordered a pizza. At every question I was asked, I answered, “Yes, please.” in a rather confident voice – the same voice and words I teach my preschoolers to say. Because it will make a difference to someone listening. It may take a hundred times for people and also children to “get it”, but they will. I have the good fortune to teach young children, and respect is a given part of my classroom. Lack of respect is an opportunity to teach respect. The books I choose to read aloud always have an element of respect. Milly the quilter started as a way to connect generations. Respect. New and different cultures among children are opportunities to learn about the world. Respect. I have a simple thing I do when a child displays an act of kindness that is above and beyond; I say to that child, “Kiss your heart.” The child then kisses his or her fingertips and touches them to their heart. I am showing respect and kindness. And the other children watching? Boy, do they get it! I am sure that we can all make a difference to this world by showing respect. Sally’s article is an important read and says it well. Thank you, Sally!
In January 2016 I began a series that I was intending to publish as a book but since it has been languishing… I have decided to re-run since it is three years since it was last posted.
The title came about as I dipped into a Thesaurus to find some words for a poem I was writing. I noticed that a great many words that reflected (see what I mean) key elements in our lives began with the letter ‘R’. In the original series there was an introduction, but I am skipping that to dive straight into what I believe is becoming extinct in many areas of our world and our own lives…..
The posts are a bit longer than the average.. so I hope you have a cup of tea handy!
The R’s of Life – Respect.
It is always so easy to criticise and I don’t want these…
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