June2012ParentsPerch

This month we will focus on the powerful word, courtesy.

Courtesy is not just about being polite. People who show courtesy are thoughtful; they think before they act. What’s the difference? Courtesy is more than a gesture of manners or a series of polite words and actions. It encapsulates empathy, respect for others, and kindness.

Click below to see Dr. Robyn Silverman, Creator of the Powerful Words Character Development System used right here at our facility, introduces this amazingly powerful word!

Everyone from our family to teachers to our friends and community members deserve to be shown courtesy. Interestingly, sometimes people show “common courtesy” to strangers, but forget to show
courtesy to their own friends and family members. This month we will explore how courtesy is used with many different types of people in a variety of settings—from restaurants to the dinner table to school and our own class. As rising leaders, our young people need to understand how important courtesy is in their interactions with others.

Courtesy has an important place in activities such as ours. According to a new study out of Michigan State University’s Institute for the Study of Youth Sports, when coaches place greater emphasis on creating caring climates instead of focusing on competition, young people are more apt to develop character and life skills (Psychology of Sport and Exercise, February, 2012). Stressing courtesy and
collaboration over competition can help to create great people, strong athletes, and positive leaders.

As always, one of the best ways to reinforce Powerful Words is by modeling strength of character ourselves. Share with your children all the ways you show courtesy to friends, family, coworkers, and
strangers every day. Highlight the ways you use manners at home and out in the community. The more children see other important people in their lives showing courtesy, the more likely they are to engage in courteous acts themselves.

Thank you for your support.

You are pivotal in helping to make our school one of the best personal development centers in the world.

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