We are heading into the store and I see acts of kindness all around… a gentleman holding a car door open for a lady…another gentleman holding the store door open to let the someone else enter first..a gentleman picking up a package an elderly woman dropped.
As my kids and I approach the building the door slams in my face.. my sweet boy let himself in and let the door close on his sisters and me.
When the girls and I enter the store my sweet boy just looks at me as though to say come on keep up…I take a deep breath and thought o.k. how can I explain to him what a gentlemen is.
My hubby and I have taught our sweet boy along the way about respecting others and being kind …being a gentlemen raises the bar and flies in the way of what his generation experiences. I look around me and see that there is not much respect, kindness, and chivalry being dished out among kids his age.
The door in my face has started a new beginning…raising a gentlemen….and this is the little man edition!
We are on a journey…it is starting small..teaching our sweet boy to be a gentlemen with his sister’s and with me…and then teaching him to be a gentleman outside of our home and let that become the fabric of who he is.
One of the best tools for this journey is the one of leading by example..what we mirror for him as parents plays a very important role to the success of this journey!
We are on a journey with our sweet boy and we begin here with these six things…
1. Open the door for the ladies
No one likes a door slammed in their face..for the ladies go the extra mile and hold the door
2. Always look someone in the eye when you are speaking to them
This shows that you respect the person and you value what they are sharing
3. Use your P & Qs…manners that is
Saying please and thank you shows that you are polite and respectful
4. Help others when they are struggling
When they fall.. help them up. When they drop something to the ground… pick it up. When they are sad…cheer them up.
5. Practice JOY..Jesus Others You
The practice of putting others before yourself
6. When others make you mad or upset
Use your words and not your hands…watch the words you speak because they have the power to help or hurt.
This is only the beginning of our journey and we are already so proud of our sweet boy and how he loves, cares, and protects his sisters.
According to the dictionary a gentleman is someone who treats others in a proper and polite way.
When put that way I know we are up to the challenge to raising a gentlemen one small step at a time.