A message from the founder of Day by Day Learning…
As the stress and pressure mounts in anticipation of the impending Gao Kao for the youth across China, I offer this humble and heartfelt message to parents, teachers and youth.
It has been a bounty beyond measure to live and learn in this country for more than 20 years.As co-founder of an architecture/Interior design company, two kindergartens and a character education program in China, I would like to offer a short story followed by a few simple thoughts shared in a spirit of love and respect for the peoples of this great nation.
Virtues Education Works!
As we teach young children about courtesy, gentleness and honesty, we sometimes wonder if they will ever show these qualities by themselves without being reminded. How will they act when faced with a moral decision? The following true story about a little boy in Gansu might give us all hope and confirmation.
Setting Clear Boundaries
In today’s fast paced and busy world, the parent and child relationship is constantly challenged by authority issues. Many parents feel hesitant about using authority and are fearful of “doing it wrong” and damaging the psyche of the child. Yet, a lack of clear family boundaries creates a climate of constant arguing and power struggles. What is a parent to do?
Speaking the Language of Virtues
Language has great power to shape character and culture. Our choice of words and the way we use them can motivate and empower our children or humiliate and demotivate them. Sometimes when parents get frustrated with a certain misbehaviour of a child and feel powerless to change it, they give a hurtful label to the child to force him to correct his ways.
The Language of Virtues developed by Linda and Dan Popov, described in the Family Virtues Guide, provides an effective and gentle alternative for family communication. Using this language has proven to result in strengthening the virtues in children and deepening the bonds of unity and understanding among family members.