This is Swedish teacher Jonas Harrysson. Specifically, he teaches kids (and in that part of the world, this kind of profession is dignified and looked up to). We’re talking about him because he recently did something great that went viral on Facebook.
He talked about his observation of children’s manners and how they’ve gotten worse over time. Read on to discover how his brave advice for millennial parents opened the eyes of many people on social media…
I have worked with kids for almost 16 years and there are a few things that I’ve noticed children are becoming worse and worse at. Here are three of them.
1) Children find it very difficult to be bored! There constantly needs to be something going on. Please stop spoiling and servicing your children. It’s not dangerous for them to be bored sometimes.
2) I’ve met many parents who are soooo proud that their kids can read and count before starting preschool. Well, I hate to break it to you, but reading and counting, they’ll learn soon enough. Teach them instead to play, to be a good friend, and to share.
3) My third point is that many children find it difficult to show gratitude to both other kids and adults. Can they get an “extra” one is unfortunately often a first question. “We only get one!?” is a common complaint I hear. What happened to PLEASE!? And thanks for dinner, and thanks for the ride, and so on?
I have no children yet, but if I do sometime in the future I will teach them to play, to be a good friend, to show gratitude and to be bored from time to time. When they learn those things, then will I teach them to read and count.