Teaching Moments and Our Kids

By Robert Robillard on Home And Personal Safety


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Recognize A Teachable Moment 

A moment of educational opportunity: a time at which a person, especially a child, is likely to be particularly disposed to learn something or particularly responsive to being taught or made aware of something.
I sometimes think that one of the most challenging and important skills of being a dad is my ability to recognize and capitalize on teachable moments.
We as parents should always be on the lookout for “teachable” moments to reinforce life lessons, morals, ethics and safety skills.

Teaching Moments and Our Kids

Recognizing that they can occur anywhere; at home, the mall in the car, etc.
If an incident occurs in your community and your child asks you about it, speak frankly but reassure them that they are safe.
Explain to your children that you want to discuss the safety rules with them, so that they will know what to do if they are ever confronted with a difficult situation.
Make sure you have “safety nets” in place, so that your children know there is always someone who can help them.
Dr. Steven Carr Reuben, the author of CHILDREN OF CHARACTER – Leading Your Children to Ethical Choices in Everyday Life, offers

Six ways to help you recognize teachable moments:

1. Recognize that your children often learn moral lessons unconsciously, in casual moments.
2. Be aware of situations that represent moral choices.
3. Talk with your children about the ethical challenges represented in everyday situations, the media and popular culture.
4. Praise your children for their ethical choices.
5. Point out ethical behavior in others.
6. Let your children see your own thought processes regarding ethical decisions.
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Robert Robillard

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Rob Robillard is “The Concord Carpenter” Rob is a builder, general contractor, carpenter, woodworker, and editor of Concord Carpenter and ToolBoxBuzz As a General Contractor and carpenter, Rob owns and operates Concord Carpenter LLC. A full-service remodeling and construction company. Rob is a recognized leader in home building best practices and a source for how-to information for building professionals. On this website, Rob covers all aspects of home construction, building science, home improvement, woodworking, remodeling, and some of the best product and tool reviews. Rob is in charge of our Tool and Product Review series - Concord Carpenter Videos where we post all of our tool reviews and video tutorials. Rob approaches remodeling and building construction with a pragmatic and problem-solving approach. He enjoys using his knowledge and experience to help and educate building professionals as well as DIYers on best practices in the construction and remodeling industry. He's a strong advocate for "raising the bar" in the construction trades and promoting the trades to youth. #BeAMentor #Green2Great Craftsmanship, quality, and pride guide his journey on this channel The Concord Carpenter's motto: "Well done is better than well said!" : Read more about Rob

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