The Golden Rule

People seem to have an opinion on everything these days.  Our Facebook feeds are littered with political coverage, and people are not shy about sharing their opinions. Strangers are quick to pass judgement on the way others parent.  But the problem is that their opinions are usually attacks. The annonymity of the internet makes people forget about the Golden Rule. Treat others as you would like to be treated… with respect.

The Golden Rule is lost when social media gets flooded with comments.

When the DOMA (Defense of Marriage Act) ruling went public in 2013, social media was flooded with comments of support and praise, but also with hatred and condemnation. What bothered me the most was that the comments against the ruling were not political in nature, they were ugly, hate-filled, ignorant comments aimed towards the people this ruling affects. The same type of hateful comments can be seen when the topic of immigration laws come up. Where does all this hate come from, and why do people want to spread it? The fact of the matter is that hate, ugliness, and rudeness is taught in the home. However, it maybe not always taught directly. Kids tend to pick up on and imitate the words used, and actions taken by the adults around them. Luckily, the same is true for love, acceptance, politeness, and basic human decency.

We need to be better people to make our kids better people.

If we want our world to be a better place for our kids, we need to make them better people. We need to teach them that please, thank you, and general politeness go a long way. Teach them that they can be strong without being violent, opinionated without being hurtful.  And that being kind and caring do not make them weak. We need to teach them that everyone is different, and that’s okay. And although we may look, act, speak or love differently than one another, we are all people and deserve respect. We need to bring back the golden rule into our homes.

So even though you may have had a rough day at work, take the time and make a conscious effort to be polite at home. Give your child a hand cleaning up his toys. Say please and thank you rather than barking out orders to your kids. While you are out you can offer your seats on the bus to an elderly person or pregnant woman. Take a few extra seconds to hold the door for someone you don’t know. These seem like small actions, but they will go a long way in teaching your children how to be decent human beings.