WHAT IS CONSIDERATION?
Consideration is having regard for other people and their feelings. It is thinking about how your actions affect them and caring about how they feel.
Consideration is thoughtfulness. It is paying attention to what other people like and don’t like, then doing things that give them happiness.
Consideration is giving the same importance to others’ likes and dislikes as you do to your own. When you have different tastes, consideration means you don’t try and convince other people that they are wrong and you are right. You respect their feelings. Consideration is giving thought to the needs of others.
WHY PRACTICE CONSIDERATION?
When people behave selfishly and don’t practice consideration, it hurts other people’s feelings. When we are inconsiderate, other tend to be inconsiderate too. We might play our music so loud that it upsets people, or leave things lying around that can pose a danger.
Without consideration people get into arguments, because they feel their needs are being ignored. When you are considerate, things are more peaceful.
When you are considerate, people know that they are important to you because you consider them before you do things and check to make sure that things are all right afterward. When you practice consideration, others start to practice it as well. It’s contagious!
HOW DO YOU PRACTICE CONSIDERATION?
Consideration begins by noticing how your actions are affecting other people. You find out what they like and don’t like and then consider their feelings.
When you are considerate, you act as if others are just as important as you are. Consideration is asking yourself things like “Will this hurt or disturb someone else?” If the answer is yes, think of creative ways to do what you want and at the same time respect other people’s rights.
Walk quietly when someone is reading. Wait to ask a question if someone is busy. Arrange your schedule to have dinner with your family or to be there in time to feed your pets.
To be considerate, give some thought to what would bring others happiness. When you want to give someone a gift, think really carefully about what would please that person. If someone is ill, bring them a drink or cover him with a blanket. Give him some loving attention. If someone is sad, put yourself in his position and think about what you would need form a friend.
What would Consideration look like if…
- Your brother is feeling bored because he is sick and has to stay in bed?
- You and your parents have very different tastes in music and how loudly it should be played?
- Your best friend’s birthday is coming up?
- You are entering the front door at school and realize someone is right behind you?
- You teacher is carrying an armload of materials?
- You have just come home from school and your grandmother is taking a nap?
Congratulations! You are practicing Consideration when you…
- Respect other people’s needs and feelings
- Consider others’ needs as important as your own
- Stop and think how your actions will affect others
- Put yourself in other people’s shoes
- Give tender attention
- Think of little things to bring others happiness
I am considerate of others. I stop and think about how my actions affect them. I do thoughtful things that bring happiness to others.
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