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Don’t Preach What We Can’t Practice

Quite often we tend to preach but never practice what we preach. It is like a smoker teaching his children the bad aspects of smoking while smoking. If you are preaching then be the example. Do not make mistakes and then try to justify it and then again continue preaching. Your words won’t have any effect. For other people to value you and your word you should first walk the talk.

The older generation is always preaching but they forget that they are stuck with their pasts. They are unable to keep pace with the times. Thus they end up unnecessarily criticizing the younger generation. Also forgetting what they had done in their younger days. The older generation should preach universal values and follow them in their life. Times change and we should learn to respect and encourage the goodness in the present.

Talking ill of others, unruly behaviour, treating other people badly, uncontrollable temper, jumping the queue, littering in public, spitting in public, breaking traffic rules…the list is endless. If you do all this and then try to teach your children values do you think your teaching will have any impact?

Universal values that make an individual a good living being should be passed on to our children. We should carefully watch our own behaviour.

Here are some universal values that are commonly considered essential for fostering well-being and positive living:

Kindness and Compassion: Teaching children to be kind and empathetic towards others helps them develop meaningful connections and contribute to a more harmonious society.

Honesty and Integrity: Encouraging honesty and integrity builds trust and respect in relationships, fostering a sense of accountability and responsibility.

Respect: Instilling respect for oneself, others, and the environment promotes tolerance, understanding, and appreciation of diversity.

Empathy: Cultivating empathy enables children to understand and relate to the feelings and experiences of others, fostering deeper connections and a sense of community.

Gratitude: Practicing gratitude helps children appreciate the blessings in their lives, fosters a positive outlook, and encourages generosity and reciprocity.

Resilience: Teaching children to adapt to challenges, bounce back from setbacks, and persevere through adversity builds resilience and fortitude, essential for navigating life's ups and downs.

Responsibility: Instilling a sense of responsibility empowers children to take ownership of their actions, make thoughtful choices, and contribute positively to their communities.

Justice and Fairness: Promoting principles of justice and fairness encourages children to stand up for what is right, advocate for equality, and strive for a more just society.

Courage: Encouraging courage enables children to face fears, take risks, and pursue their goals with determination and conviction.

Empowerment: Fostering a sense of empowerment equips children with the confidence and agency to pursue their passions, advocate for themselves and others, and effect positive change.

By embodying these values in our own behavior and actively teaching them to our children through everyday interactions, conversations, and role modeling, we contribute to their holistic development and lay the foundation for a more compassionate, ethical, and resilient society.