AMEI recommends that the Magi bring us values

The countdown begins to celebrate one of the most important days of the year in the life of a child. After a long road, the wise men they make their fleeting appearance through the houses of the smallest ones loaded with the gifts that have been ordered months beforehand and that hope to confirm the expectations of their recipients.

The World Association of Early Childhood Educators (AMEI-WAECE) He has also written his special letter to the Magi and asks that in each house values ​​such as solidarity, understanding and empathy be given away, without which the development of children is incomplete.

Parents are responsible for the transmission of values as solidarity and empathy through their daily actions. The objective is to promote positive values ​​so that they counteract negative ones, very present in today's society.

Empathy, a rising value

In its letter to the Magi of the East, AMEI emphasizes the need for parents to give their children the help they need to establish positive relationships with people around them and reinforce solidarity behavior towards them. Show union with other people, share their interests, concerns and needs; Putting yourself in the place of the other or recognizing your personal dignity are actions in which parents must work to counteract the continuous examples of negative behavior and counter-values ​​that children receive on a day-to-day basis.

In the words of Juan Sánchez Muliterno, president of this Association, "currently, in the environment of the child, there are too many models of unsupportive behavior.The generalized competitiveness prevails.The current society does not value effort, kindness or generosity and altruism , but the children are led to individualism, to selfishness and to the morality of success where anything goes in order to win ". In addition, according to Sánchez Muliterno "the educational systems themselves are competitive and discriminatory and the only thing that matters is the notes, a kind of dogma that indicates what each child is worth".

Solidarity and altruism, values ​​at the service of society

For this reason, the World Association of Early Childhood Educators (AMEI-WAECE) appeals to these Christmases to give themselves values ​​such as solidarity and altruism. Values ​​that provide attitudes for service to society and that begin with good behavior with people close to our environment and with those who, very close to us, need help.

For AMEI, fostering solidarity requires a series of attitudes that are obtained through the daily actions of parents and that can be exploited through the following tips:

1. Collaborate with the child's teacher asking for information about messages and common actions that should be transmitted to the child.

2. Read stories, fables and stories whose argument is based on solidarity.

3. Discuss actions that are not very supportive that appear in television information or other media.

4. Causing reflection in everyday situations with phrases like: "If that happened to you, would you like to be treated the same?", "How do you feel when they do that to you?".

5. Accompany the child to an entity that helps people in need to carry some food, etc.

6. Encourage him to give away a toy to other children who lack resources.

7. Ask him to deliver some food that he likes very much to a destitute person who is on the street.

8. Offer guidance about concrete daily actions:
- Take care of animals and plants. Respect the furniture of parks and public services.

- Develop energy saving habits (water, light, heat, etc.)

- Help in domestic tasks.

Each child must affirm their individuality and originality, but they need to be linked to other people, to know that their joys and successes do not mean anything if they do not
shares, that he influences others and is influenced by them, that the common benefit of the environment also benefits him, that when the team wins, everyone benefits from the win. Therefore, we ask that the Magi bring us values.

Marina Berrio

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