This week’s Ultimate Transformation Moment is directed towards parents and getting back to a few good old-school basics for our children.
It’s summertime, and we’re going old school. I understand that we live in a different day and age, and in many cases it’s a different environment outside, but, parents let’s get our children playing outside. Get them away from the television and computers. Allow them to use their creative minds and go outside to explore, to dream and grow. Take them out to ride their bikes, shoot some hoops, rollerblade. Hey, fly a kite.
Now, when you return home, there are some basic things within the house to attend to. Let’s make sure that your children know how to clean the house: how to sweep, how to mop, wash dishes, and do basic cleaning. Too soon, they will be off to college, and we want them to understand these basic concepts.
Along these same lines, teach them how to wash and iron their clothes. Teach the youth in your home to do these chores the right way. Help them understand how to keep the things that they have and keep them in good condition.
Allow them to be active participants in grocery shopping. Teach them how to create the shopping list, shop for the groceries and pay for them. They may even learn to prepare some basic meals. These are educational activities that empower our children.
Finally, teach them basic etiquette, such as a proper handshake and a proper greeting. When you walk into a room, introduce yourself. Make eye contact. We’re getting back to old school: “No sir. Yes sir. No ma’am. Yes ma’am.”
These terms may sound old school, but they help our children gain the respect for adults inside and outside of our homes, and help to promote the development of our country.
Again, let’s get back to old-school basics this summer. Get the children away from the television. Take some of this time to get them out of the house to become active. Then, let’s teach them how to clean the house, wash and iron our clothes, shop and cook basic meals and teach them basic etiquette as well.
It’s up to parents to parent, and one way is the old school way.
That’s our Ultimate Transformations Moment. Peace and be more.
Erich Nall is the owner and founder of Ultimate Transformations Training in Los Angeles, Calif. He is the author of “21 Days to Ultimate Health and Wellness.” He is also a regular guest and commentator on KJLH 102.3 FM’s the “Front Page” with Dominique DiPrima. Contact him at: www.ultimatetransformations.com.