Practise Then Preach
I gave a talk on how to be a creative person to Primary 4 and 5 pupils at Lela Blossom School, Abuja yesterday, and at the end of my talk came time for questions.
The first child who got a chance to speak, asked a profound question, "Ma, have you created anything before?"
It was a simple unassuming question but held very deep meaning because it sought to learn one thing, "Do you practice what you preach?"
Thankfully, I could answer yes to the question because I have co-authored books and co-created board games to teach children life skills (www.tinyurl.com/LSEResources) among several other things that I have been opportuned to create over the course of my life.
Now I'm asking you, in teaching/raising children; "Do you practice what you preach?"
Anyone who has taught or raised children knows that they more often than not do as you do and not only as you say. It is,therefore, important that what we say aligns with what we do.
I'm not pointing fingers here. I'm only reminding you as I was reminded by that child's probing question that the best way to teach is by example.
To be better at this you should:
1) Pay attention to your own preaching
2) Commit to doing as you say
3) Be accountable to someone/people
4) Be willing to accept feedback even from the child/learner
5) Practice before you preach