Recognizing Teachable Moments
We need to practice using the language of virtues when facing daily challenges. This help us rise above the situation and recognize the gift it offers, the opportunity to hone our virtues and become lifelong learners. We can turn stumbling blocks into stepping stones, by take into responsibility to amend mistakes and by being open to learning from tests/difficulties. Recognizing teachable moments allows us to replace shaming and labelling with positive virtues.
Let’s rename and reframe:
1. Think of a person you know whose behaviour challenges you.
2. Rename their basic character trait as a virtue:
E.g. Stubbornness = Determination
Talking back = Honesty
3. Identify the virtue you want to encourage them to practice.
4. Put in a positive sentence.
“Alan, that was very honest when you shared your opinion. How can you say that in a more respectful way?”
Or ” Cinderella, I see your peacefulness and obedience. What will give you the confidence you need to attend the Prince’s ball?”
Please give your example.