As parents, my husband and I have always tried to imbue in our daughters the traits of empathy and kindness in all they do. Unfortunately, we’re sometimes the brunt of their frustration, and they occasionally forget to treat us with the same simple manners they’d afford others around them.
My husband was trying to explain, in terms they’d understand, that they’re much more likely to get positive results from us when they treat us with kindness. After listening to his words of wisdom, our eight-year-old quickly responded with, “I like your nose. Can I have a hamster?”