Code of Conduct

“If you don’t stand for something you will fall for anything.”

-Malcolm X

I have found there are a few codes of conduct that make a tremendous difference in the lives of those who must use them. Listed below are a few common courtesies that MUST be taught:

1) No sir

2) Yes sir

3) No mam

4) Yes mam

5) Please

6) Thank you

Parents, we owe it to our children to teach them small courtesies. They will prove to be valuable. If we love our children, we will give them the tools they need to not only succeed in life, but to stand out in the midst of their peers. Again, we are raising our children in a society that is geared toward failure. Whose responsibility is it to teach our children? Is it the teacher, the church, your next-dorr neighbor? No, it is the parents responsibility.

I watched as a young man gave up his seat on the bus for an elderly lady! Wow! I thought to myself. It’s been a while since I saw someone display such an act of kindness. Immediately, after that  thought came another. Why is that so? Back in the day that was the norm. That is the way we were taught. We never gave it a second thought, it was automatic to offer your seat when someone elderly got on the bus, or was in a situation where they required a helping hand. Not long ago, when we had a large snow storm, I shoveled off my neighbor’s walkway. They are elderly, so I knew they would need some assistance.

It appears that society has become more selfish than ever. We are in a time where everyone is out for himself or herself. Adults have no reverence for the law. How can we expect our children to have that respect? Laws and rules are created for our protection, like obeying traffic lights and signs so we don’t experience traffic jams and accidents, or obeying Police Officers so we can have order in society. Their jobs were created to protect mankind from the negative behaviors of some individuals.


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