Singapore Family Picks Up Rubbish Near Housing Estate, Dubbed Role Model Family By Netizens
"This is teaching good moral values and social responsibilities early, a foresight that some parents lack," a user commented.
The easing of COVID-19 restrictions are seeing more families taking to the outdoor for recreational activities. Of the various activities possible, picking up litter, however, would perhaps be more of an unusual sight.
Such was the case of a family who was seen clearing out litter along Gangsa Road on Sunday, 27 September 2020.
Singapore Family Picks Up Rubbish Near Housing Estate
“Saw a wonderful family with their children picking up rubbish around my area just now. Instilling values done right (sic),” wrote Reddit user Raftel88.
The user also uploaded a clip in the post which saw a family of five, including three young children as they held onto trash bags.
Following the user’s posting, many have flocked to the comments to applaud the parents for leading by example for their children.
One user, sgslang, pointed out that parents who engage their children in such sustainable activities, helps to teach “good moral values and social responsibilities early”.
User and fellow parent, xeosceleres, also supports this behaviour: “This should be the way. I hope all parents do this”.
While some users commented asking if the activity was part of an initiative, the heart to do good to our environment is what matters ultimately.
How To Be a Good Role Model To Your Kids
1. Always walk the talk
Never make empty promises with your child. Always deliver what you have promised to your child, no matter how small a matter it might be. An example would be if you have promised that you will take your child to have ice cream as a reward for doing something well, make sure to follow up on it. A child might not outwardly express this, but they do take note internally.
2. Offer a generous and serving heart
This can come in the form of being engaged and serving the community. To lend a hand to others in need, volunteer time and/or skills to make the lives of others better. Children observe every action their parents make, and this is one of the best ways to help them learn how to build family unity, teamwork skills and most importantly, to have a generous heart for others.
3. Respect and listening
This is one way for parents to help instill confidence in their young children—by showing them respect for who they uniquely are as well as the thoughts they may have, without dismissing them.
Over time, children pick up on these skills and will do the same in return. As they say, great leaders listen more than they speak.
4. Confess when you have done something wrong
If kids are expected to be honest and fess up if they have done something wrong, parents are of no exception as well. Being able to step up and say sorry to your partner (if you are in the wrong), rather than making excuses or engage in a shouting match, shows that you take responsibility for your actions.
When children see that grown-ups are able to handle situations in a mature way, even when conflicts arise, it enforces the behaviour in them to be accountable for their actions and how to correct them.
5. Take care of yourself
As a parent, it’s understandable that you want to provide the best for your child. But that should not be done by sacrificing yourself; your sleep, and more importantly your health. While you instinctively cater to the needs of your little ones, being your best starts by first taking good care of yourself. Whether it’s trying to get enough sleep, having better meals or taking time for self-care and managing negative emotions, you want to present a healthy way of life to your child, so that they pick up ideal habits.