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Parenting tips - How to teach your kids to be humble.

Updated on May 30, 2013

What is humility?

C.S. Lewis once said - "True humility is not thinking less of yourself; it is thinking of yourself less."

Humility is derived from the Latin word ‘Humilis’, which means to be humble, unpretentious or modest. A truly humble person is the strongest of all and humility is one of the best virtues to possess. But being humble is not an easy thing, especially in today’s modern world where the media depicts everything that is glitz and glamor. We are bombarded with portrayals of arrogance and self-importance. Being adults we have the sense to filter these things out but have you imagined how difficult it is for children to be practice humility when everything around them encourages them to have a ‘Know-it-all’ attitude? The cartoons they watch to ads in between, all give a loud and clear message that pride and arrogance are the most desired character traits.

Are your Kids humble?

We teach our kids that working hard leads to success. Parents work hard so they can create a better life for their children. In this process we also teach kids that money is important to lead a happy life. Is it any wonder that kids start taking things for granted? Learning the virtue of humility begins at home. Kids learn from you so make your life a living example of how to be humble despite being successful.

Tips for instilling humility in your children

1) Teach by example – Don’t tell your kids to be humble, show them how.

2) Teach them to be confident, not arrogant – Teach your kids the difference between being confident and acting like an arrogant ‘Know-it-all’. Nobody likes a person who is too full of himself.

3) Never make fun of anyone's weakness – Your kids learn what they see. Don’t humiliate them or make fun of their weakness because if you do that today, that’s what they’ll grow up to be.

4) Take them to visit an orphanage – Visit a local orphanage and encourage your kids to donate their toys or clothes to the less privileged kids. Once they see the reality of their lives they’ll understand that sharing is caring.

5) Teach them the joy of giving – Have you realized how many of our sentences start with ‘I want’? This attitude gets passed on to our kids to. What makes them happy is receiving gifts and new clothes. Teach them that while it is great to receive gifts, it is also wonderful to sometimes give them to someone else. Charity begins at home. Make this a principal in your home and your kids shall learn to follow in your footsteps.

I can be Humble today by….

Being humble doesn’t require great deeds. A simple thank you, please or any similar word of kindness is a better reminder that humility is a virtue rarely seen but desperately needed. Also kids need to learn that apologizing for their mistakes doesn’t make them a smaller person. In fact, a person who is aware of his faults is in a better position to improve his life than a person who thinks that he is perfect the way he is. Teach your kids to be humble, not for others but for their own good and being a better person.

Story of the day for kids – The Lion and the Mouse.

Moral – This story teaches as us that ‘A friend in need is a friend indeed’. The Lion, despite being the mighty king of the jungle had to be rescued by the tiny mouse. The mouse, was humble enough to help the Lion free himself and not brag about it. We should all learn the lesson of humility from this Aesop’s fable.

Aesop's Fable - The Lion and the Mouse

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    • rose-the planner profile image

      rose-the planner 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario-Canada

      Loved your article! Great tips and wonderful story. Take care. (Voted up)

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      Anuradha Javeri 4 years ago

      Thank you Rose for reading my hub. I'm glad it was helpful :)

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