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Disciplined children make parents proud

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Children’s Corner with PANIC CHILUFYA
NOTHING is more pleasing to a parent than to receive compliments for having well-behaved children because parenting is not an easy task; there is no handbook that gives instructions.
Badly behaved children are not only a turn-off to adults but to other children as well.
In certain instances, badly behaved children end up being loners because other children do not want to play or associate with them.
Furthermore, no parent wants to be embarrassed in public or be forced to make excuses for bad behaviour when other children are on their best behaviour.
Some children tend to exhibit ill manners in the absence of their parents, which gives a bad reflection of how they were brought up even when the opposite is true.
But in most cases, well brought-up children still exhibit appropriate behaviour even in the absence of the parents. This is because acceptable manners should be used every day to make a good impression on others and to make children feel good about themselves.
It does not matter where a child is – whether at home, school, church or with friends; practising good manners is important and should be encouraged as a way of life.
As soon as children are able to understand right from wrong, they should be taught that good manners are essential skills that will enhance their personal, social and emotional development that will enable them to get along with others; something that is vital for their success in the future.
Good manners convey a sense of respect for the sensibilities of other people. For example, when children are taught to say “thank you”, to others, children learn to make others feel appreciated; something that every human desires. Just like when children say please, it is a sign of respect of the other person’s right to do what has been asked of them.
When children show good manners, it signifies that such children are obedient and they take heed of the counsel they receive from their parents. These are good character traits that teachers and other authority figures often appreciate from children.
Good or bad manners convey quite a bit of information about the background of a child in the absence of the parents.
As children grow older, they will notice that good manners go a long way in endearing them to teachers, peers and other people. Simply put, children who are well-behaved are likely to be more successful in life than those who are ill-behaved. It is not only the child’s future that is affected by good manners or lack of them; it is also the reputation of the parents and, ultimately, the community in which the family lives.
It is worth noting, especially for young parents, that good manners set a standard of behaviour against which other behaviour can be measured, and help to keep order and civility in society.
Good manners modelled in the home can go a long way toward moulding well-behaved and respectable adults.
Proverbs 29:17 teaches that: “Discipline your child, and he will give you rest; he will bring you happiness.”
Remember, children are our future. Until next week, take care.
pcmalawochilufya@yahoo.com



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