I mentioned previously that I have been taking my daughter Abby to the nursing home. This has turned out to be a spectacular success. She not only looks forward to these visits but also stays on the lookout for helping opportunities. Wherever we are, she notices people who are older or who have limited mobility. She will talk to them, hug them, hold the door for them, even engage in long conversations.
In my last article I gave some examples regarding efforts to teach positive behaviors to children. We can’t focus all of our energy on preventing “bad” behavior and forget to nurture the good. Have you thought about the things you want to encourage in your children? Do you make it a point to reinforce them for good decisions?
Welcome back from our trip to Bizarro World. Hopefully our tongue-in-cheek discussion of Bizarro parenting helped us all to see the unintended consequences of many parenting decisions. Now I’d like for us to return our focus to building virtues. Don’t forget that many children think “being good” means only staying out of trouble. “Goodness” must be an active, purposeful thing, not the absence of “badness.” So here are some ideas for raising virtuous children.
Our question of the day: “How can I make sure my children don’t make good behavior a habit?”
Keep those questions coming, Bizarro parents. Our topic for today is, “How can I set up my children to fail?”