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Childlife.ca e-news#33: B.E.S.T. Version

We cannot hold a torch to light another-s path without brightening our own. — Ben Sweetland

We all want to be the B.E.S.T. version of our self – whether we are a parent or a teacher.

We all seem to have a standard set of goals in our vocation:

  • to bring out the best in our children;
  • to see that they develop to their optimum potential and
  • ultimately help them become who they were meant to be.

As parents and teachers, we play a key and critical role in this vision and have the most powerful influence on their development and behaviour.

So how do we keep on track? How do inspire their best?

Simply by striving to be the B.E.S.T. version of ourselves: as a person, as a parent, as a teacher.

There is an old Indian proverb that speaks about us having two warring wolves within us. One is negative, mean, hurtful and the other positive, kind, generous. Which one wins depends on the one we feed.

Don’t find a fault. Find a remedy. — Henry Ford

B.E.S.T. VERSION can start with:

  • Believe you make difference
  • Embrace and encourage their nature, their strengths, their likes
  • Strive to bring out their best
  • Tenderly teach and guide their ways

Keeping the vision of being our B.E.S.T. version starts with having good, solid, and sound information on children’s behaviour and development. The more we can understand their ways, the more we can help them learn effective strategies for communicating their needs, getting along with others, learning self control, building resiliency, etc.

The more we know, the more we can respond with intention, respect and love.

_“Kindness is in our power, even when fondness is not.” _ — Samuel Johnson

At Childlife, our passion is to understand children’s behaviour and development more fully so we can help them learn the necessary skills to be successful in life.

For more information on B.E.S.T. principles, B.E.S.T. behaviour, guiding and teaching tenderly, or parenting strategies, justask@childlife.ca and we’ll send you our latest training and services flyers.

A good deed is never lost: he who sows courtesy reaps friendship; and he who plants kindness gathers love. — Basil

Here’s to being the B.E.S.T. Version our children need us to be!

Happy Days!

Mary