Cameras don’t lie. What you see on camera is what you get. One of the most intriguing new television shows is ABC’s What Would You Do? – hidden camera scenarios that test human nature. One hidden camera scenario had four gang members (all actors) beating a Latino man (an actor as well). The hidden cameras caught 99 people walk by and do nothing – absolutely nothing. Of the three people who did intervene, two of the three were petite women! In a scenario where a man was seen drugging his date’s drink, most people snickered or walked away – only a few people intervened. In a case where a baby (a fake baby) was left in a hot car, dozens and dozens of people peered into the car, saw a crying baby unattended and in danger, and did not call for help.
The ultimate question I ask you is what would you do? If hidden cameras documented every action you have taken with your children, what would we see? If hidden cameras caught on tape everything you have done at work or in business, would you be proud of yourself? Guess what? I am not watching…but God is. He sees every move you make, every word that comes out of your mouth, every thought in your mind. If you strive to be the best, ask yourself daily Am I proud of myself right now? Is God proud of me right now? If you can answer “yes” to both of these questions then you know you are striving to be the best person, the best parent, the best colleague, the best friend and spouse you can possibly be. Congratulations!
‘to improve something, first measure it’. – UNICEF
How often do you tell your children “I love you?”
How often do you tell your spouse “I love you?”
How often do you tell your children “I’m proud of you”?
How often do you tell your spouse “I’m proud of you”?
When was the last time your children saw you assist the homeless, disabled, elderly or someone in need?
How often do your children eat sugary foods or drinks (sodas (including Sprite and Gatorade), juice, candy, chocolate, cereal, etc..)?
How often do you eat sugary foods or drinks (sodas, juice, candy, chocolate, cereal, etc..)?
How often do your children see you and your spouse argue?
How many hours per day do your children watch TV, play video games, use electronics and/or surf the internet?
How many hours per day do you spend in direct interactive communication with your children?
How often do you teach and show your children the value of money, the importance of saving and investing?
If applicable, how many hours per day are your infant or toddler supervised by a day care center, babysitter or nanny – someone other than mom or dad?
Do you live above your means or below your means?
How much credit card debt do you have?
How much money each month are you putting towards your retirement fund?
How much money each month are you putting towards your children’s college funds?
How often do you spiritually educate or guide your children by attending church, saying prayers, recognizing God, etc…?
How often do your children see you give to the poor, help needy families, volunteer your time to service projects or donate money?
How often do your children read books?
How often do you read books?
How often do you and your family explore the world, meet people from other cultures, languages and religions?
How often do you treat your spouse with love and respect?
How often do you treat your children with love and respect?
How often do you consume medications, drugs or alcohol to feel better about yourself?
How often do you actively seek positive, educational books, videos, seminars, counselors or professionals who can guide you to a happier marriage, more well-adjusted children and a less stressful career?