These are the values that really matter to our children’s success in school. Success that can be achieved with SMART principles. SMART success is all about being Socially Savvy, Motivated, Assertive, Respected and Trusted by teaches and peers. SMART embraces values that help prepare them for the new world of work and serving as leaders in government and community. Values that help build a strong sense of identity and self worth. Values that have more to do with building character, doing good and being beautiful on the inside and less to do with looking good or cute. Values education should begin at home from the earliest age and reinforced in school and community. With this foundation, our children can go back to school with an understanding of the time-proven standards of behavior that are sure to help them flourish. Values like respect, integrity, honesty, kindness, courtesy, service, leadership and civility.
I am reminded of the words in a timeless song by Whitney Houston (lyrics by Andy Abraham), I Believe the children are our future “….Teach the children well and let them lead the way. Show them all the beauty they possess inside. Give them a sense of pride to make it easier…”
Let each one, teach one. It takes a village to raise a child!
How do you handle the pressures of the media and teaching values to your children?