“Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them.”
– James Baldwin –
Many years ago while attending a training, someone told me, “Children don’t do things you told them to do, they do what they saw you doing.” It certainly was one of those ‘aha’ moments. Simply put – children see, children do.
If you have kids of your own or have spent time with kids, then I’m sure you can recall how they have always tried to imitate you; whether it is the thing you are saying or things you are doing. Most of the time we would find their imitations funny and adorable to us.
What if they imitate our violent acts or our rude cursing and swearing at each other? That wouldn’t be very funny and adorable right?
If we ever hope to build a world where people love and care for each other, where people show loving kindness, compassion and respect toward each other, then we have to do it from young. We have to inculcate in the young to love and care for each other, to show loving kindness, compassion and respect toward each other. But how can we hope to influence them with such positive values if we act otherwise?
In other words, we must start first with ourselves.