Jonas Harrysson has been a teacher for over 16 years. Recently he’s noticed a shocking trend among students that enter his classroom. Their attitudes have changed. Jonas grew tired of breaking up fights and sorting out their mess. He opened up and let parents know his thoughts… and I have to say I’m totally with him. This is what he says:
“I have worked with kids for almost 16 years and there are a few things that I’ve noticed children are becoming worse and worse at.
Children find it very difficult to be bored! There constantly needs to be something going on. Please stop spoiling them and giving in to every cry for attention. It’s not dangerous for them to be bored sometimes.
I’ve met many parents who are SO proud that their kids can read and count before starting preschool. Well, I hate to break it to you, but reading and counting, they’ll learn soon enough. Teach them instead to play, to be a good friend, and to share.
My third point is that many children find it difficult to show gratitude to both other kids and adults. Can they get an “extra” one is unfortunately often a first question. “We only get one!?” is a common complaint I hear. What happened to PLEASE!? And thanks for dinner, and thanks for the ride, and so on?
I have no children yet, but if I do sometime in the future I will teach them to play, to be a good friend, to show gratitude and to be bored from time to time. When they learn those things, THEN will I teach them to read and count :)”
Jonas’s points make a lot of sense. Being able to provide a better life for our children is great, but it comes with a hidden consequence. Often times, our children don’t learn to appreciate what they have when we, as parents, give them the world. There needs to be a balance!
Kindness and compassion can be taught regardless of social status, heritage, or culture. These are basic principles for everyone to live by.
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