Having two boys so close in age, it's an ongoing task to teach them to be kind and courteous to each other.
Sharing is a huge deal too - my boys are always having to learn how to share and how to treat each other fairly (or try to).
Being so close in age (just 2 years between them) they have had to learn to share a lot. My eldest son has felt the brunt of this - he learned very quickly what it meant to be a big brother, and I'm very proud of him; he very often defaults to his younger sibling automatically for most things. Ethan on the other hand can be a little more reluctant to show fairness. He is the bitter to Thomas's sweet a lot of the time, and it's an ongoing task to make sure that Ethan learns how to show fairness to his brother.
I'm happy to report that, in the main, I receive a lot of lovely compliments about how polite my boys are, which is something I am very proud of; if nothing else, I wish for them to have good manners.
They are in no way perfect though - we've definitely had our moments!
What do we do? We do our best. That's all anyone can ask. We try. We're not perfect, but we do try!
1. Be the best role model.
|Being kind to animals!|
Children model your behaviour. Like wee sponges, they soak up your social cues like nobody's business. If you listen while others talk, they'll listen while others talk. If you always say please and thank you, they will also insist on doing it. You are the best role model for your child - never forget how heavily they monitor the little things you do.
2. Teaching Empathy
I have always worked in customer service, so more often than not, I'm either trying my damndest to provide a great service for some people,or hoping to receive the same courtesy.
Transferring this into my personal life, I always try to treat others the way I would like to be treated. I try to teach the kids this too - so when they are squabbling over something and they hurt each others feelings (a daily event!) I always say to them 'how would you feel?'
Giving them this wee moment to consider how each other would feel if in each other's shoes usually hits home for them.
3. Books and Storytelling
|Book reading is fun too!|
One of my favourites is this one by Mo Willems:
It really makes me and the kids giggle, as well as showing them a wee bit about fairness and loyalty, without being at all heavy.
4. Board Games
|Playing games teaches fairness|
Our boys love a board game, and I like to encourage this. It fosters a sense of competition while allowing them to see losing and accepting failure (not always graciously - but then I know some adults who have a huge problem with this!)
Loyalty and fairness is a difficult concept to grasp!
RBS have launched a new campaign which deals with fairness and equality,making the point that it shouldn't just be new customers who benefit from great deals. Which is so true! Having been a loyal member of some schemes int he past,I'm always a bit miffed when deals and awesome giveaways pop up 'for new customers only, as seen in this video:
How many times have you been wooed by fancy gifts and polite conversation, only to be pretty much shoved out of the door when you happen to mention that you've already been a happy customer?
It's even happened to me in the street!
I completely agree that companies should work hard to keep their customers happy and to reward those who have been loyal.
That only makes sense to me.
RBS are saying 'Hello' to great offers for existing customers, and saying 'Goodbye' to a lot of the things that banks are otherwise notorious for - like extra overdraft charges on missed payments and only new customers getting the best rates. Check it out for yourself here.
We spend a lot of time teaching our children the meaning of fairness and equality. It's time we expected a bit back.
It's great to see RBS rewarding existing customers as well as new ones!
Disclosure: I'm working with Britmums and RBS on theis project and have been compensated. All opinions are my own.