All too often, we hear stories about kids engaging in negative behavior such as bullying. (And let's not even get into the headlines about adults' abhorrent behavior--Lance Armstrong being the latest, and I might add, gold-medal level example of lying and cheating.) But a recent story out of Tennessee reminds us just how much our children can model wonderful, uplifting behavior.
According to reports, three students who were nominated for homecoming king at Community High School in Unionville, Tennessee -- Jesse Cooper, Drew Gibbs and Zeke Grissom -- unanimously decided to give the crown to a fellow student, a junior named Scotty Maloney, who has Williams Syndrome, a neurological disorder that inhibits learning and speech. When the announcement was made at a gathering of students and people from the town, Maloney apparently received a standing ovation.
I found my spirits lifted just by reading about what these kids decided to do. How can we as parents teach our own kids to grow up like these teens? What are the factors that can help parents raise a good child? How can we teach our children to help others, be kind and respectful, and be loving and helpful toward others? Read "How to Raise a Good Child" to learn about the everyday lessons we can instill in our children to help them make the right decisions and do their part to make our world a better place.