I read a story this week about a teenaged Katherine Hepburn and her father. They were in line to go to the circus, and a family of 8 children and 2 parents were in front of them. The eight children were so excited to have their circus adventure! When the father approached the window and heard the price of admission for 8 kids and 2 adults, he did not have enough money. Mr. Hepburn reached into his pocket, dropped a $20 bill on the ground, and said to the man, "Excuse me sir, you dropped this money." The man was so grateful, as he shook the hand that saved him from disappointing his family. Katherine and her father drove home - her dad had given away the money for their admission tickets. Yet, they were happy, because they had made someone else happy. You can read the full story here https://bangladeshasf.com/a-learning-story-from-katherine-hepburn/
This story really hit home with me. Although I am not a parent, I am an older sister and an aunt, and I was a coach and teacher for more than half of my life. Children - young and old - learn from example. Children are watching everything their parents do, from the way they react to adverse situations to juggling tasks and packing lunches. Children hear the kindness toward a stranger and the anger directed at another driver. Children notice the tone of voice a parent uses toward strangers and loved ones. Parents are their children's first teachers, and those examples of parental behavior have a major influence on their children, as well as far-reaching repercussions.
I hope you will read the article, and that it will remind you that kindness matters, and that someone is always watching and learning from you.
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