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Lesson in education

Friday, 2 September, 2011 - 1:13 pm

One morning this week, our son, Leibel (6), called me to see what Rochel (2) did to our little toy car. I came to the room to see Rochel all embarrassed. She had found a permanent marker and coloured all over this new car.

Before I had a chance to say anything, Rivky (7) walked into the room and saw what was happening. "Rochel," she said, "you just wanted the car to look nice, yes?" Rochel's face turned to a big smile. "Yes," she answered, "isn't it nicer now?!"

With her comment, Rivky did not only actualize the teaching of our sages in the Ethics of our Fathers, "judge every man to the side of merit," but also showed a great lesson in education: in every circumstance, start by complementing your child; that is the one and only way you can open him/her up to learn and improve.

Comments on: Lesson in education

MALCA wrote...

I wish I had learned these lessons 40 years ago! It is wonderful that your eyes and heart are open to such wise lessons so early in your lives.

Yosef Yitzchak aka (George Pal) wrote...

This is a great story. As an old (very old!)educator myself, I learned a great deal from your young, (very young) daughter.
Please tell her Meir, how proud I am. and all of us, old educators should be of what she has taught me/us!
Yosef Yitzchak aka (George Pal)

Noemi Hadassah wrote...

Thank you Rifky.
Mazel Tov to Rachel,on your art work,and making our world a little more colourful.

freida kesselman wrote...

Proud Bubby, mother and even mother-in-law :)

Lindy Shortt wrote...

May our precious Rivky's mouth always be guided by the kindness that she showed her beloved little sister in this instance.

Shavua tov!


Limor Holla wrote...

Wonderful lesson to be taught. Great way to teach children on the positive side and not through a punitive approch.