Seek First to Understand — Then to be Understood

Dear Rohan Woods Community,

During my graduation speech, I shared the Seven Habits for Happy Kids, derived from Sean Covey’s timeless principles outlined in The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. The habit that particularly resonated was “Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood.” Encouraging our children to actively listen, comprehend the essence of communication, and embrace diverse experiences is pivotal in nurturing their growth as compassionate individuals.

As we embark on the summer break, I urge you to seize this opportunity to share diverse perspectives and create enduring memories with your family. Consider the following ideas:

  1. Explore the World of Literature: Take your family to the local library and guide them in discovering shows, events, books, and articles that shed light on various countries, cultures, and perspectives.
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    Encourage them to delve into narratives that exemplify unique experiences, broadening their understanding of our community, our country, and the world.
  2. Artistic and Historical Endeavors: Plan visits to museums and art galleries, where your family can explore different time periods and artistic expressions. Immerse yourselves in the Renaissance period or uncover the works of lesser-known artists. Such excursions provide invaluable insights into distinct historical eras and creative styles.
  3. Virtual Adventures: Leverage technology to embark on virtual journeys that offer glimpses into fascinating destinations. Websites like the National Marine Sanctuaries provide virtual dives, allowing you to witness the wonders of marine life in various banks and reefs. These experiences foster an appreciation for the natural world and nurture a sense of interconnectedness.
  4. Festivals and Celebrations: Seek out local festivals and celebrations that embrace diverse foods, music, and traditions. Attend cultural events to bring to allow your family the opportunity to explore and immerse themselves in the richness of different cultures. Encourage your children to engage with others, ask questions, and develop a broader perspective of the world.

By incorporating these ideas into your summer plans, you provide invaluable opportunities for your children to practice the art of seeking understanding. Embracing diverse perspectives will open their minds to new possibilities and cultivate empathy and appreciation.

I am eagerly looking forward to hearing about the adventures and experiences that await your family this summer. Let’s plan, when we get back together in the fall, to share our stories, summer memories, and our greater understanding of the world around us.

Wishing you a happy and enlightening summer!



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