Respect. It's really important to me that my children become people who respect all things. Respect towards other people--friends, older people, younger people, respect towards living things, animals, insects and environment. Respect towards other's opinion, property, feelings. I can go on. I say this because I am noticing that we are living in the age and the culture where respect holds very little value.
In the last week, I had several opportunities to tell other people's children that they should get off the road and play/ride their bike on the sidewalk. On all these occasions, I tried to be kind and non-threatening in the manner I approached the children. But all of them just gave me a very defiant "NO". I was stunned and speechless. What do you do then? Do I just say, it's not my kid, so I shouldn't care if they get run over by a car?
I really hope that my children would respond "Yes", under the same/similar circumstances. I mean, I really hope in the first place, they would not be playing on the road. But if someone approached them to tell them something important, I hope they have the heart to receive their advice and willing to say sorry and admit that they've been wrong. Maybe this is where the modeling becomes very important.