The Value for the month of April is HUMILITY

Date: 21st April 2014

What is humility?

C.S. Lewis once said - "True humility is not thinking less of yourself; it is thinking of yourself less."

Humility is derived from the Latin word ‘Humilis’, which means to be humble, unpretentious or modest. A truly humble person is the strongest of all and humility is one of the best virtues to possess. But being humble is not an easy thing, especially in today’s modern world where the media depicts everything that is glitz and glamour. We are bombarded with portrayals of arrogance and self-importance. Being adults we have the sense to filter these things out but have you imagined how difficult it is for children to be practice humility when everything around them encourages them to have a ‘Know-it-all’ attitude? The cartoons they watch to ads in between, all give a loud and clear message that pride and arrogance are the most desired character traits.

Is your child humble?

Learning the virtue of humility begins at home. Children learn from you so make your life a living example of how to be humble despite being successful.

Tips for instilling humility in your children

1) Teach by example – Don’t tell your children to be humble, show them how.

2) Teach them to be confident, not arrogant – Teach your children the difference between being confident and acting like an arrogant ‘Know-it-all’. Nobody likes a person who is too full of himself.

3) Never make fun of anyone's weakness – Your children learn what they see. Don’t humiliate them or make fun of their weakness because if you do that today, that’s what they’ll grow up to be.

4) Teach your children about the lives of children less fortunate than themselves and encourage them to donate their toys or clothes to the less privileged children. Once they see the reality of their lives they’ll understand that sharing is caring.

5) Teach them the joy of giving – Have you realised how many of our sentences start with ‘I want’? This attitude gets passed on to our children too. What makes them happy is receiving gifts and new clothes. Teach them that while it is great to receive gifts, it is also wonderful to sometimes give them to someone else. Charity begins at home. Make this a principal in your home and your children will learn to follow in your footsteps.

I can be humble today by….

Being humble doesn’t require great deeds. A simple thank you, please or any similar word of kindness is a better reminder that humility is a virtue rarely seen but desperately needed. Children need to learn that apologising for their mistakes doesn’t make them a smaller person. In fact, a person who is aware of his faults is in a better position to improve his life than a person who thinks that he is perfect the way he is. Teach your children to be humble, not for others but for their own good and being a better person.

Help your child to recognise the skills and aptitudes of others - people you know who are kind, generous and thoughtful as well as celebrities famous for specific talents. 

Story of the month – The Lion and the Mouse.

Moral – This story teaches as us that however small or weak someone appears, they have the skills and strength to help even the most powerful.

The Lion, despite being the mighty king of the jungle had to be rescued by the tiny mouse. The mouse, was humble enough to help the Lion free himself and not brag about it. We should all learn the lesson of humility from this Aesop’s fable. 

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