Did you know that people who are successful in business, entertainment, or politics write thank you notes all the time? Mostly it’s a sign of respect because they know that people love the personal touch of a thank-you note.
In fact, respect and good manners are considered so important in business that companies are paying a lot of money to teach their employees to be polite. If you ask very successful businessmen and businesswomen what their biggest complaints about the behavior of others are, they’ll say that it is people not getting to appointments on time; people who don’t return phone calls and emails; and people who use their mobile phones when it will distract others.
Tips to Being Polite
- Watch what you say!
- Show respect, even to those who don’t respect you. You don’t need to sink to their level.
- Treat people the way you want to be treated.
- Say ‘excuse me’; ‘please’; and ‘thank you.’
- Smile when conversing casually with others, but be aware of the feelings of others when they are going through a difficult ordeal.
- Write thank-you notes for the things you appreciate and leave them at the dinner table, stuck in a book, or placed on a desk.
HIGH LEVELS OF PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT LINKED TO IMPROVED STUDENT ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE
A two-year study of the “I Care” Positive Parenting Character Curriculum revealed that students whose parents are highly involved in their children’s education show the greatest improvement in their English and Mathematics scores. The research was conducted by SEG Measurement, a third-party educational research firm in New Hope, Pennsylvania. Click here to see the full press release!
In order to model respect for your children, consider these pointers:
- Always stay positive and speak to other and about others in a positive manner.
- Make sure your children are exposed to other cultures and languages. Learning that we are all different and approach things in different ways will instill a sense of cooperation in your children, which will lead to respect for others and their culture.
- Show repect to others by being kind to them and saying kind things to them. Offer to assist the elderly or anyone else who may be in need. Let your children see you take the initiative.
Showing respect to others and teaching your children to do the same is one of the most important things you can do to help your children become well-rounded individuals. It’s all in your hands!
Good feelings about school can help your child feel good about learning. You can contribute to your child’s sense of school pride by getting involved at home with what your child does at school and by volunteering. Show an interest in your child by asking questions and doing school projects together. You can ask your child questions about what happens at school each day. Don’t accept the response of “nothing.” Ask specific questions. Encourage and probe your child for lengthy answers.
You can improve your child’s self-esteem, behavior, and academic performance by being involved with every aspect of his or her academic life. Support the events sponsored by your child’s school. Talk with your child’s teacher to find out ways you can assist the class. Some examples are sending healthy snacks, reading aloud to the class, helping with classroom tasks, etc.
Make sure you ask your child’s teacher for a copy of the daily schedule so you can talk with your child about the different things that happen during the day. Also, visit the school and meet your child’s teachers early in the school year, such as at Open House. Keep in touch on a regular basis to make sure you know how your child is performing at school. If issues arise, you will be in a better position to handle them quickly and effectively.
Recognizing your child’s accomplishments is one of the best ways to build self-esteem. We feel a sense of pride when others recognize the good things we do and that helps us build the confidence to try new things and to achieve even more.
The next time your child makes a good grade on an assignment or test, recognize and celebrate it. Making a child feel good about good behavior is a prime factor in their successes.
Here is something teachers can try: Identify and recognize students each day for the improvement, successes, and efforts they have made. Be specific about what each student has done to be recognized. Recognize each student! Everyone is good at something or has made improvement.
Do you have any suggestions? Please comment on this post to share it with us.
January is the time of year that many people use to reflect on the previous year and make resolutions for the coming year. Sadly, most resolutions are broken before spring due in large part to the complete change that many of them encompass. But there is good news! It is a great time to start setting goals and creating action plans to conquer them.
Goal setting is a great skill for your child to learn. Take an opportunity in the next month to discuss and record 3 goals with your child for 2011. You can even join in and add your own goals. To make the goals stick, create an action plan for each goal. Make sure to include some small changes as well. Those are the changes that are usually easier to make and lead to larger positive changes or actions. Each month or so, review the goals and action plan with your child to measure progress for both of your sets of goals. You can even make a chart and place it in a visible area in the home to serve as a reminder of the goals that you have set and to serve as a source of encouragement. Read more…
We all know how important it is to continuously learn new things. This is not only important for our children but for us adults as well. Take time this month to teach your child something new or enroll them in a class or activity that exposes them to a new skill. The activity can be as simple as teaching your child how to sew a button on a shirt. You can even teach them to cook a dish.
This time of the year is filled with new activities and local teams looking for new participants. Go to your local recreation department to seek out new activities are sports for your child. Football, soccer, cheerleading, softball, golf, and many more teams are just waiting for you to sign up. Local colleges often have evening classes that teach arts and crafts, languages, computer skills and more. Seek out opportunities in your community. Read more…