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The Good Kid and the Good Parent

Updated: Feb 22

A good kid in my definition is a kid that brings pride to his family and/or community, either by good behavior, practice or pursuit of an interest, respecting others like he/she would want to be respected, and someone that is willing to learn new things and to assist in the tasks of the household when they’re old enough.

There are a lot of ways where a kid can make others be proud of them, but I believe that often doing so is enough for a kid to be considered a good one.

On the contrary, a good kid will stay away from crime, from violence that isn’t for the sake of self-defense — they will avoid or at least try to avoid activities that can put a stain on the pride which they generate for their family and other circles of people.

At times, it is sufficient for a kid to invest much of their time on a specific hobby or interest that is considered to be valuable or interesting, that can be enough to make their family proud of them.

Should you have a child, you can teach them the importance of productivity and servitude that not only be beneficial for others but for their own feeling of future accomplishment. Teach them the importance to have discipline and to avoid laziness when contribution to either themselves or others can be made. Teach them to respect others so they would be respected as well, as a mutual benefit, like looking at a mirror.

Parents, however, that abuse their children regardless of the good they do to them, pose a very bad example for their children, which means that it’s important to not only not abuse a child but to reward them for their good endeavor should they indeed do such.

By teaching a child the importance of honor and productivity, you have the power to bring good not only to them but to the future generations as well that have yet to be born, and the same implication goes on the opposite way — abuse a child you might make them abuse said generations as well. That is how powerful your guidance can be as a parent or a teacher to a child.