Respect Today ™
The Happy Days Tool
Tools to teach and ignite the practice of giving and receiving respect, one day at a time.
Be Kind Monday
Mondays need TLC for ourselves and others, particularly for kids developing coping skills. Be kind, especially to family. Don’t bully, ever.
Did you hear it? Nature, understanding, relationships, awareness, knowledge, trust, building a better mousetrap? Wow!
Co-operation; balancing one’s needs and wants with the needs and wants of others. Simple? No. Produces amazing results? Yes!
Fast Fix Thursday
Let’s celebrate what we accomplished this week, individually and together. Make it a terrific new day.
Be A Friend Saturday
Yes, be useful. Help at home, then reach out to others. Creatively fill a need. And don’t forget our environment.
OMG! Grateful and mindful; even the bad stuff makes me stronger. Grateful and future dreams. Grateful, respectful, and joyful today.
Respect nurtures understanding. Understanding nurtures enjoyment of one another, fun, and happy days.
Our goal is to help ignite respect and understanding in our early learning centers, schools, homes, communities, and in our daily life. You can help by sharing the Happy Days Tools, e.g., with local daycares and early learning centers. Also, talk to your school’s administrators. Utilize the tools in your home and share them with family, friends, and teachers. Together, we can build a kinder, safer, more accountable, and happier environment for us all.
Respect and understanding are learned skills we utilize with one another every day, at every age. Giving and receiving respect is fundamental to social and emotional learning, embracing our diversity, and recognizing others’ hidden pain, anger, and fear. We all need to be seen and appreciated; giving respect accomplishes both.
Our world is an enormous, fragile body. When we consider our individual needs of being seen, respected, appreciated, and somewhat understood, we realize how even small actions matter. What happens when respect, understanding, and care aren’t the norm, or the expectation? Sadly, we are seeing and feeling the results of it today in growing levels of destructive divisiveness, personal attacks, bullying, road rage, and more. Add a need for attention, power, or control, and the results escalate to domestic violence, assault, school and religious attacks, and mass shootings.
Changing The Course
Lasting change takes a village, and lasting solutions lie within our youth. When parents, teachers, schools, and communities partner with kids to develop and use skills of respect and understanding, we can genuinely change our world. Imagine today’s kindergarteners giving and receiving respect, care, and consideration as behavioral norms in their teens and adulthood. The HAPPY DAYS TOOL is a simple, fun, daily activity to teach and use respect and understanding. This simple tool born in a day can last a lifetime.