This past week I got to experience a small slice of what used to pass for normal summer life when the main street near where I live closed the road for the restaurants to use, and families were able to come out, some with small kids and dogs and walk around and be out and about and eat. There were a few very young kids who were running with no care in the world and it was a hopeful experience and reminder of what we’re working towards and why. Which also got me thinking about what it means to be an adult and how important it is to find a balance between letting kids be kids and preparing them for the challenges they’ll experience and have to work through as adults.
One of the most important things for us to teach them is about working with others. How to love, listen, work to understand, what teamwork is, how to ask for help when you need it, and how to build win-win-win relationships. This virus has been a big reminder of and exercise in working with others as we’ve worked within our communities to support each other and talked with other medical communities around the world both to learn from them and support them. We would not be getting through this virus (or countless other situations) without the help of others, even if it’s just an ear to listen.
By talking through situations at the dinner or breakfast table, by showing your kids different cultures and parts of the world, by having get-togethers with family and friends, by committing to work and family consistently you’re showing your kids how to be a responsible adult and be part of the world that we all share. And pairing those experiences with lots of play time, family time and time to learn and discover who they are, your kids will hopefully grow up into well-rounded and wise adults who can also make a great contribution to the world. What are you teaching your kids about how to work with others?