What Kind of Mark Did You Make Today?


by Renaye Thornborrow

"What kind of mark did you leave today?"

This is one of the most important questions you can ask your kids each day.

You see, every time you are with someone you leave a mark – either a “gold heart” or a “grungy mark” depending on how you treated them.

When I was a young girl, one of my Dad’s favorite things to teach me was the Golden Rule – to treat others as I would want to be treated. The Golden Rule was really about treating other people with kindness and respect.

Respect is the key to having an effective relationship with anyone.  It is the key to meaningful personal relationships, happy marriages, successful careers, and joyful families.

How you treat others will impact every areas of your life.  When you are respectful, it builds rapport, trust, and connection with others.  When you are disrespectful, it can cause resentment, anger, distrust, and conflict and can build an emotional wall between you and the other person.

You can teach your kids about the power of respect by teaching them the Golden Rule.  You can also “check in” with them on a daily basis by asking the question, “What kind of mark did you make today?”

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