Self Love Great Medicine – Love comes from within.

Today I want to discuss the phrase self love great medicine. Does self love bring joy or narcissism?

What do you see in the mirror?

I guess that the answer is a bit of both. You need to have a self love. If you don’t love yourself, loving others with a true feeling of passion and awareness becomes much more challenging. Teachers are particularly good at looking at themselves and picking themselves to pieces over their perceived failings in the classroom. Here is an odd thing which has happened over the last 40 years. 40 years ago, when I was a school kid, the student was responsible for their own grades. If a kid worked, he got rewarded. If he didn’t, then he got in trouble. The same with the parents. Parents were responsible for making sure all the work got done. The teacher (who incidentally only influences the academic outcome by 3-5%) was simple the conduit of knowledge.

Self Love Great Medicine – Be a kid’s role model.

Self Love Great Medicine – Love your teaching style

Now all has been flipped on its head. The teacher is now responsible for the grades and progress. The kid and his long hours on the X-box and tablet, is not. Likewise the parents point out they need to work and have no time for their kids homework. The big school bosses still need to focus on progress and achievement. So pressure come to the teacher from above, below and all around.

This is where the self love great medicine chant comes in. You, as a teacher, need to do what you can do. No matter what, you need to deliver the information in as many ways as you think might stick. You need to remain true to your teaching style. Mimicking another teacher doesn’t work. It just makes you look false, insecure and you need to do double the work of a natural of that style. You also need to keep a healthy life – work balance.

Sometimes it is good to keep your talents hidden.

However the self love great medicine idea does have flaws in it. If you think you are a fabulous guitar player or musician, you might want to throw some music into the curriculum. However, you need to draw a line at a little and a ‘look at me, I love myself and I’m so cool’. Sometimes too much self love can detract from the message you are trying to send to the class.

Here is another I interesting question, surely our self love is what go us into the environmental mess we are now in. It is a mix of feeling depressed and trying to cheer ourselves up with consumer goods and thinking we are lively and deserve to treat ourselves with yet more consumer goods that has left us drowning in plastic.

Rewarding ourselves less might bring more planet self-love.

By thinking we are great and showering self love through consumer goods, what we are really doing is polluting somewhere far away for something destined within a year or two for our own landfills. There your folly will sit for a few thousand years before being dug up by future archeologists looking for a new fuel source such as converting old plastic into oil. This is particularly true for fast fashion. Likewise for children’s fads and phases.

We need to stop thinking small. Our self love great medicine ideas should be extended to the planetary system in general. Our self love should extend to living as simply as we can. Try using as few resources as you can and recycling and upcycling on a daily basis.

This year my self-contained greenhouses which require no additional watering will be adding a constant supply of tree seedlings to my local area.

Every home regardless of size should grow at least some of it’s own food, from commonly used garden herbs to a few tomatoes in a pot. By growing them, people get into the habit of realising everything worthwhile takes effort. By growing more from scratch, the general population may waste less food. In addition, you will know exactly how organic your food is.

You are beautiful – Believe me!

Lets encourage self love in the young, let them know they are beautiful and the beauty comes from within and in many different forms. Discourage over indulgent self love in adulthood and finally we have the perfect answer to the famous phrase, self love great medicine!

Random Acts of Kindness in the classroom

Random Acts of Kindness in the classroom, home, beach - anywhere you can.
Random Acts of Kindness in the classroom and anywhere else!

My kids are constantly doing random acts of kindness in the classroom. Please write in the comments section acts of kindness you have seen.

Random Acts of Kindness in the classroom

My kids are without doubt, good kids, every single one of them. They go out their way to be nice to each other. I hold the idea that the primary school class reflects the teacher teaching them.

Children should be encouraged to perform random acts of kindness, every day, and then to journal them. This helps the class in lots of ways. Acts of kindness gel the class together. Journaling what you did and how your friend responded let’s you relive the happy moment and record if for some future time of reading pleasure.

Who should Acts Of Kindness be focused at?

Random acts of kindness in the classroom should play out at all levels, from between teaching staff, staff and children and children to children. I have noticed those teachers who help others the most, get the most help back in the process. For example, today I have a colleague off sick. I will give up my break to cover for him and make sure his class is running well. And to make sure the teacher covering both classes still has some me-time as well. This is what I do to help make our school such a great place. Both the teachers are givers in the system so get the benefits.

I saw wonderful examples of encouraging kindness in the class online. A lot are linked around Christmas time but this should be an important core value in every classroom every day.

How much do Random Acts of Kindness in the classroom cost?

The random acts of kindness in the classroom don’t need to be big or cost anything. All it takes to know that someone has seen you, knows your needs and cares enough to do something.

The acts of kindness I genuinely struggle with are when a teachers act of kindness removes a fundamental responsibility of the parents. These include making sure the kids have eaten a breakfast, are clean and have the basic materials needed to be in a classroom. Food in England is dirt cheap. Any parent who smokes or regularly drinks could equally afford to bring up and feed their kids in a decent way. Teachers shouldn’t be supporting the welfare of their students. By supporting them, they actually discourage parents doing it.

Random Acts of Kindness can be online

If your school promotes acts of kindness, it starts a trend. Children who are kind to each other and need to journal it, start to actively seek out opportunities to be kind and journal. This then makes them think about the natural environment and protecting this. From this simple start, your school starts to focus on promoting and teaching values.

By getting into teaching and sharing random acts of kindness, these can become a part of a child’s character. But only if these values are also in the home. A child’s family life will be a much bigger influence on them than you. But who knows, your seed of kindness may find a nook of human kindness in an otherwise uninspiring, rocky situation.

Be a tigger and bounce your kids into a happier way of living today. Also explore these lovely act of kindness cards – I bought some and love them. Also the catching them being kind cards.