Celebrate Be Humble Day: February 22, 2020
Every year on February 22 we celebrate Be Humble Day, a day that promotes modesty, humility and the ability to put others before oneself. But what does that even mean? How do you, as a parent, explain a complex concept like humility to your little ones, and how do you even encourage them to stay humble?
In its most basic form, to be humble means to be "not proud" or "not thinking of yourself as better than other people." This can be particularly difficult for younger children to grasp, especially in this day and age where we tend to praise individual achievement above all others. But remember, you are your child's first and best teacher and it is through your example that children learn best. So practice what you preach and your little one will follow.
By far, the best way to teach your child how to stay humble is through literature. Children's books are the perfect tool to demonstrate the values of humility and modesty as they provide a gateway into other peoples lives. Perhaps the best example of such literature is Aesop's tale of The Tortoise and the Hare.
When proud Hare thinks he can easily beat Tortoise in a race, humble Tortoise reminds him that "slow and steady wins the race." Millions of children (including me) have learned this valuable lesson thanks to this timeless classic.
So if you are looking for more books to help teach your child about humility come and visit one of our 100 branches. We are sure to have what you are looking for.
And just for fun, here are some of my favourites:
Rabbit and Bear Paws, Sacred Seven: Humility by Chad Solomon
Singing Sisters: A Story of Humility by Katherena Vermette
Unicorn is Maybe Not so Great After All by Bob Shea
Have any favourite books you would like to share for Be Humble Day? Tell us in the comments below!