Are You Ready for the Real World?

Children are natural mimics; they act like their parents in spite of every effort to teach them good manners.

-Author Unknown

Rutgers University announced a two-year initiative to engage the New Brunswick campus in a series of activities and discussions that aim to cultivate an environment of courtesy and compassion through thoughtful communication and interaction.

“The world is growing smaller and each of us lives elbow to elbow with a wide range of people whose standards for civil behavior may be different from our own,” she said. “Old and young, from various cultures and religions and economic backgrounds, we’re thrown together at Rutgers. We have much to learn from one another, and ‘civility’ is a great conversation starter for deeper, mutual understanding.”

Better late than never…so glad that Parental Wisdom® advisors are working on a book focusing on the qualities you would like to see in your child.  The working title; 25 Qualities, 25 Years: Raising a Person You Would Love to Meet.

Below is a glimpse of an article on Raising a Well-Mannered Person by Barbara Gilmour, a contributor to this book.  Parental Wisdom members can see the complete article (after login), by selecting Free Stuff, Reports.

We will keep you posted on the progress of this free e-book for Parental Wisdom® members.   Encourage your friends and family to sign up!

Raising a “Cool Kind Kid” ®

(Written shortly after September 11, 2001 by Barbara Gilmour)

It all starts in the home

When a young child first says “please”

We follow him to preschool

Where he learns not to tease

Along the way with others’ help

He soon learns how to care

To be kind and honest

And play fair, and share

When he steps outside his door

He then begins to see

That many different people

Live in his community

Asking what he can do to help

Gladly doing his chore

He puts the needs of others first

And cares about the poor

He learns respect for others

Himself and property, too

He appreciates what’s done for him

And always says “thank you”

He’s known to be the friendly one

A really kind, cool kid

He stands up to the bully

“We don’t like what you did”

He’s learned to live The Golden Rule

At home, camp, sports, and school

His kind heart clear to others

They see he’s “kind” and “cool”

This poem was originally written with a chorus:

I’m a citizen of the USA

And proud to say I care

I’ll fly our flag so high

They’ll see it everywhere

I’ll respect our rights and freedom

Until the day I die

And be happy when I see our flag

Fly in a clear, safe sky


Tina Nocera, Founder

Parental Wisdom®

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