Hello, How Are You?

Hello, How Are You?

Proper greeting is a skill we should never ignore. I learned from a good friend of mine the power of making a solid greeting, as a kid! You see, where I was a shy boy that tried to avoid eye contact at all costs, my good friend Kevin seemed to be the opposite. At the earliest of age he would look an adult in the eye and say, “Hello, how are you?” Even as a youngster, I was so impressed by Kevin’s 3Cs: Control, Confidence and Courage. He just seemed to master these “adult” traits so easily. As a kid, I wish I had those 3Cs so badly. It wasn’t until I was in my middle teens did I get some of that control, confidence and courage to start being able to greet people in a more welcoming way. And guess what? Immediately I became more likeable, more memorable and more respected. I quickly learned that besides being courteous, a solid and welcoming greeting gives you more confidence, makes you more likeable and it spreads positivity and love around. Now who doesn’t want to spread more love around?

My friend Kevin made such an impact on me that I swore to myself that my kids would overcome any shyness and learn a proper way to greet people. They would need to say, “Hello, how are you?” to anyone they encountered. Sure some of my kids struggle with it more than others but the ones who struggle because of shyness (or the 3Cs) all know how to do it. And as time goes on, they are getting more comfortable doing it. Beautiful.

As parents we have to encourage our kids to greet people the proper way. No excuses. We should push our kids to be more respectful, make eye contact and smile when they are greeting someone. If our kids are asked, “how are you?” teach them to follow up with a returning response of “how are you?” back. Again this is something our kids should be able to do on their own. And not just to family, friends or other familiar faces but literally to ANYONE they meet. This shouldn’t be negotiable. You will help instill control, confidence and courage in your kids as well as make the world a better place at the same time! Now how can you beat that?

I have to close this blog with a special shout out to two loving parents, Kevin’s parents, Suzy and Eric! Without you I may still be avoiding eye contact due to shyness. Much love! ☺


6 Responses to Hello, How Are You?

  • I love this!! My parents taught me at a young age to always make eye contact with people when you are talking to them. Its respectful and you can also tell if someone is telling the truth if they can look you in the eyes! Its always good to teach kids how to greet even when they are shy. I’m still teaching my boys to always greet people respectfully!

  • This is a very interesting point, i have never thought about it that way or payed attention to the way kids in general were greeting me when i greeted them first. This is something i will be considering now.
    My son is still a bit young but still He is very sociable and always says Hello to anyone we meet in the neighborhood when we go for a walk for Example and people always appreciate it and have something nice to say about him After that! ❤️
    Thx for the tips anyway! As always you are doing a great job!

  • I think it’s very interesting to know about that, and I completely agree with you, because I’ve been struggling with this since I was little, as I’m a very shy and reserved girl just like you were. And now, I’m 25 years old, but I’m still struggling with it, because it still scares me to talk to people I meet, just like this, or just to say “Hello!”. And, as I’m suffering from disability, it’s getting more harder for me again, also because of some bad experiences I’ve had, with some bad people I’ve met, especially during my school years.
    Anyway, I think it’s very interesting to have your point of view about it, as a father, and I completely agree with it, because it really helps me personnally, as I’m working on it with some professionnal (a Neuropsychologist), and I’m getting a little better, slowly but surely!
    Finally, I’d like to say congratulations to you and your family, because that’s really stunning to see you evolving everyday in such a positive way, and showing the extraordinary family that you are to everyone. Personnally, I’m always amazed everytime by seeing all of you and your family exchanging love with each other, and sometimes, I just wish I could be a part of it!
    So, thank you so much for everything you do, and for all the good and helpful advices of parents you’re giving everytime! I may not be a mother, but I really appreciate them, because of the help they bring to me, face to my disability, because that’s really not easy to live with it everyday, and especially as a child, where I had to manage by myself, as no one helped, nor guided me until these past years, when I’ve been diagnosed after missing all of my exams in high school.
    Anyway, thank you so much again for helping, and I’m just looking forward to get much better thanks to your advices! 👏👏👏👍👍😘💕

  • So true so funny last week we were in the city with ilayda and we were with her school friends and i played a game with them the game was to say good day mr. Or mrs. To everyone who we saw and the kids loved it and had a lot of fun

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