I was once a parent who thought that memorizing alphabet and counting numbers make my children “smart”. I aim for my children to grow respectful, polite, sympathetic, kind, joyful, resilient, and others. As a parent and educator, I insist that we work together to place an emphasis on teaching values to our children that will last a lifetime.
Teach children to be kind
and not to count from one to ten.
Teach them to help a friend in need
and not to recite ABC’s
Teach children to be compassionate
to every race, gender, and walks of life
and not the name of the colors of the rainbow
which in fact fade away.
Teach children manners and values
and not what shape or size something is.
Teach them to treat everybody fairly,
show respect to anybody.
How do you teach a child all of these?
By being an example,
By being present in their lives,
and by being an accountable adult.