Five Ways to Teach Your Children to Change Their World

It’s safe to say that we all would like to make a positive impact on the world and leave an endearing legacy, but is the world really a better place because we were here?  What about your children?  What kind of impact are they going to have on the world? In the day-in, day-out hustle and bustle of our lives it might be easy to regard changing the world as a goal that is impossible to achieve and dismiss the possibility of leaving a positive mark, but it’s all a matter of perspective.  You probably cannot bring about world peace or feed every starving child, but it is entirely possible to change some of the things in your world and make it a better place.  And if you can teach those concepts to your children, then you have made a difference. Here are five things that you can teach your children that will make their world a more positive place.

* Teach gratefulness.  Someone once said that a person possessing a thankful heart is closest to God. Yet all too often, we don’t even tell those that are closest to us “thank you”.  Contrary to what some may say, tokens of gratitude in the form of a simple “thank you” are not just meaningless; they are valuable to the recipient. Teach your kids the art of gratitude and, one day, they will give you a big “thank you”.

* Teach your child to be a good listener.  Do you start thinking about what you are going to say even before the other person has even finished speaking?  You are not alone.  Most people make a habit of interrupting or talking over other people as if what they have to say is the most important thing.  Do your children a favor and teach them to tune in to other people when they are speaking.  Teach them to turn the television off and really have a conversation that involves giving somebody your undivided attention.

* Teach Simplicity.  All too often, people live their lives surrounded by clutter.  Believe it or not, stuff affects us psychologically.  The amount of clutter around us is an indicator as to how safe we feel, and how much we believe in the possibilities for positive change in our own lives.  In a nutshell, our physical world is a reflection of what’s going on inside our heads.  Start small by teaching your kids to give some of their stuff away.  Having clean and clear surroundings does wonders for a person’s mental state.

* Teach social skills.  We were born to be social creatures, but in this day and time, people are drifting away from traditional family relationships and, despite the population explosion in the world, people are becoming more isolated.  This detached behavior is causing loneliness and depression to reach epidemic proportions.  Show your children that it’s alright to simply say “hello” or have a brief discussion about the weather with somebody as you wait in line at the store.  Engaging with other people builds self-esteem, confidence, and communication skills.

* Teach your kids to share their time.  We are conditioned to think that “time is money”, but we fail to realize that it is much more precious than that.  Play with your kids even if it means working fewer hours.  Take them with you to volunteer at a library or an animal shelter.  Put the electronic gadgets down and invest in your children.  By doing so, you are teaching them by example to invest in other people and there is no better way to see positive change. Changing the world around us is really as simple as changing ourselves and the things in our immediate environment.  Equip your children for their future by teaching them valuable principles by which they can independently make their world a better place to live.

About Melissa J. Murphy

Melissa Murphy is in the business of building self-esteem, instilling confidence, and restoring hope in those who have given up on life. She is currently completing her degree in psychology, and has worked as a life coach and faith-based counselor for more than a decade. By bringing her personal life experiences into her work, Melissa is able to help others survive their wounds, heal their pain, and live a life of success despite having incurred overwhelming emotional scars. For the last few years, she has discovered the joys of writing and has published a growing number of articles. Melissa currently resides in the Houston area with her husband and her two wonderful children.

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