With all the negativity swirling around the presidential elections this year, I thought I might take a stab at trying to make the embarrassing debates a teachable moment for my kids.
I have been stewing on this post for almost a week now and as I was rereading the 9 lessons I chuckled a bit about how practically they can be applied not only to life in general, but especially to marriage. (I think I have marriage on the brain since today is our anniversary.)
Don’t interrupt or speak over someone. Whether a conversation or a debate, wait your turn. It is important to remember you are not more important than anyone else who is speaking, so just wait. Also, don’t make faces or only use this time to come up with your counter argument. Just listen.
Don’t call people names. It is really very childish and shows a lack of self-control. Remember the old adage… If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all. You are intelligent, make your point without the immaturity of libel. Slander is the tool of a desperate loser.
Your actions will affect your future. Make wise choices because the actions in past can and probably will resurface at some point. Make wise choices today so you won’t have regrets in the future. Make choices that your future self will thank you for.
People can lie and smile at the same time. Do your research and don’t believe everything you hear. Don’t base the validity of an argument on it’s presentation.
Don’t forget who you represent. Every action you make and word you speak is a represention of this family and what it means to be a Spratt as well as a Christian. Do not take those titles lightly.
Being right doesn’t really matter if you are being rude. It does not matter how right you are if you have to resort to rudeness to get your point across. To be clear… being real doesn’t mean being rude. Rudeness is a weak person’s imitation of strength.
Winning isn’t everything, be careful what you are willing to sacrifice for the win. Never compromise your moral integrity for the win. Be true to thy known self and do the right thing for the right reason… that is truly winning.
Shake hands with your opponent. Don’t be a poor sport. It doesn’t matter if you conquered or were defeated, shake hands and look your opponent in the eye. It’s simply respect from one human to another.
Dress for the occasion. In this day and age it is getting less and less common for people to dress up. If the occasion requires a tie, put on a tie. If the occastion requires a tux, put on a tux… and for the love, just wear the darn dress shoes.
How have you talked to your kids about this election?
Did I miss any lessons? Do you have any to add?
~The World’s Okayest Mom
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