These two videos are powerful reminders that our actions are reproduced by our children (or our students). The first one came via twitter (thanks @JasonElsom) this evening and it was the first time I had seen it. The second I have seen several times, but it remains extremely gut wrenching to watch.
It’s not difficult to watch these clips and feel disgusted or saddened at the least. At the same time we can feel secure in knowing that “we” don’t behave this way, so we can somewhat remove ourselves from the responsibility that modelling behaviour impacts kids.
I think this is a bit of a cop out and being obsequious will not suffice. If we want our kids to be thoughtful, caring, generous (insert other desirable qualities here), then we need to model these exact behaviours.
I just love this Thai advertisement which expresses the same message as the ones above; that our actions will be reproduced by the young people we impact, but the modelling is positive.
“Pay it forward” wouldn’t actually be that hard if random acts of kindness were not so random. So do something today for your kids/students, with your kids/students, or in front of your kids/students that you would want them to do for/to someone else.