Children have an awful lot to learn on their way to becoming adults. Some of this learning comes from life itself as they find their way in the world but some lessons in life come from their parents. Parents have a huge role to play in shaping their children into decent, caring, thoughtful people that go out into the world and make them proud. We all want our children to grow up to be liked and respected and for them to have a good circle of friends to whom they can turn as they grow and mature. I think two of the best qualities we can teach are children that help this to happen are loyalty and fairness.
Loyalty - mass noun - The quality of being loyal - (Giving or showing firm and constant support or allegiance to a person or institution)
Children seem to have a new best friend every week when they are young, falling in and out a dozen times a day. But as they get older they begin to realise what a good friend really is, somebody you can turn to, depend on, you can tell your secrets too and no matter what they will stand by you, loyal and faithful. The sort of people they really bond with, laugh and cry with tht stick by them through thick and thin.
We do have various disabilities scattered across the generations, some like the loss of hearing and epilepsy that have been outgrown and I was always amazed with my daughters friends who from a very young age seemed to know my daughter was different. In a group situation I always remember one of my friends children who was two years older than my daughter would always go and sit in the corner with my daughter who took herself off as her way of coping with not being able to hear the other children if we were having a party or anything. Nobody asked her too, she just did it.
Fairness - adjective - Treating people equally without favouritism or discrimination
From a very young age these qualities were taught to my children just as part of their every day routine. My children were always taught to use please and thank you, this done by example, as I am doing now with Minky and Dinky, when I hand them something or take something off of them I say ta. When I tell them ah ah if they are going to touch something they should not I tell them good boy/girl when they leave it. Have to say so far this has not applied to Dinky as she is content just to sit and play with what she should, monkey mo Minky on the other hand is a holy terror.
As they get older they will be taught to say please if they want something, they will be taught not to interrupt adults but to say excuse me and wait if they wish to speak.
|are they playing fair or is there cheating going on?|
My children were always taught to share their things if other children came to play and too play nicely amongst their peer group. Though I have to say I found this more difficult with the younger children as the older ones always gave them what they wanted, our Scott had a real bad habit of sitting on the floor and pointing and screaming until his sisters would bring him/give him what he wanted and I have to say this really use to annoy me and I would tell the older ones off. I always tried to teach them to treat others as they would expect to be treated themselves.
As far as companies are concerned I have to say I get rather annoyed when you see your current house insurance or car insurance or broadband provider offering better rates or big discounts or shopping vouchers to new customers that does not apply to their existing customers. I have to say I usually avoid joining up with a company that is offering a discount to first time users, as this suggests to me they will rip you off in subsequent years to make up for it.
Which is why I quite like what the RBS are doing, they are rewarding customer loyalty by treating their existing customers in the same way as their newbies. They are calling this their Hello/Goodbye campaign. They are asking you to say Hello to simpler, clearer, and fairer banking.
With great offers
I think we have all been stung in the tail with late payments, this would be a great help
Life can be busy and it's easy to miss your payment due date. Now if you miss this by a day, we wont charge you a £12 late fee. If you go over your limit by up to £12 we won't charge you a £12 over limit fee.
They are now also saying
Goodbye to surprise overdraft charges
They are also saying goodbye to
hiding the best deals online.
We live rather rural, a wee village with three shops, two pubs, a garage and a supplier of Agricultural and Construction Machinery, a post office in one of the shops and that is about it. But once a week, on a Friday morning we get a mobile bank,the RBS stop in the village for twenty minutes, twenty minutes more than any other, and it is is always very busy, rewarding their loyal customers again.
|outside the community centre|
This all sounds good to me, I like the idea of being rewarded for being loyal. Why not have a chuckle at this rather funny fairness video that the RBS have put together, not so sure I would have been so brave to sit on a talking couch in a shopping centre, not even for a free cup of tea.
I like this idea as we all like to be appreciated.
I am working with both Britmums and the RBS and have been compensated for my time on this project. All opinions are my own.