MANILA — An official of the Department of Education (DepEd) has urged parents to help schools in instilling good and positive values in their children.
“The Department of Education wants to maintain a happy and healthy learning environment at iyan po ay hindi magiging magik o instant, kelangan po ng tulong ng mga magulang (and that won’t be magic or instant, it requires the help of parents),” DepEd Undersecretary Annalyn Sevilla said on Tuesday in a television interview.
Sevilla made this remark in support of DepEd Santiago City Division Superintendent Dr. Florante Vergara’s call to parents to teach their children good manners and how to show respect to others.
Vergara expressed his appeal through a letter to parents.
“Halos wala na silang paggalang sa authorities, in spite sa mga advice na binibigay sa kanila, wala pa rin kaya naisipan kong gumawa ng ganoon (They [students] almost have no respect for authorities, in spite of the advice we give them, nothing changes so I thought of it [writing the letter]),” he said.
In the letter, Vergara reminded the parents that “magic words such as hello, please, you’re welcome, I’m sorry and thank you, all begin to be learned at home”.
“It’s also at home that children learn to be honest, to be on time, diligent, show friends their sympathy, as well as show utmost respect for their elders and all teachers,” the letter read.
Vergara also stressed through the letter that schools only reinforce the education that children receive at home from their parents.
Meanwhile, Sevilla said parents should not resent the call, but instead cooperate with schools to ensure that children would not go astray.
Here are 7 Practical Ways to instill good values to our children at home:
1. Be a good role model.
Showing your children the kind of person you wanted them to be is actually the best way to instill good values in them.
2. Practice good words.
Make it a routine to cast polite words with or without your children around. This way, it will come natural to them to say good words around people.
3. Hold your children accountable for their mistakes.
Do not take charge whenever unfortunate events happen with your children. It is bearable, let them be liable for their own actions. This will make them more responsible and careful on or before doing something.
4. Don’t let your children take the easy way out of challenges.
Supporting or helping your kids in their endeavors is ideally good. However, it will make them absolutely dependent on you. We suggest that you let them be liable for their own actions. This will make them more responsible and careful on or before doing something.
5. Control the use of gadgets.
There is really nothing debatable here since this is a common problem among parents.
6. Get involved.
Spend quality time with your family. Get involved with their personal experiences. Share laughs, sorrows, excitements, etc. to make your bond grow stronger.
7. Appreciate good behavior.
Imagine standing in a room with three children. Two of the children are playing quietly with toys. One child is running around wildly, jumping on furniture and screeching. Which child would be most likely to get your attention? If you’re like most parents, you might give the misbehaving child more attention. If, however, you praised the children who were behaving, you could change the entire situation. Saying, “Wow, I love the way you are sitting there playing quietly,” may motivate the misbehaving child to follow suit. But it’s easy to let good behaviors often go unnoticed. But when kids aren’t getting attention, they’ll often do whatever it takes to get noticed—and sometimes, that means misbehaving. When you give your child positive attention for good behavior, he’ll be less likely to act out.