Ask Your Kids: “What Kind of Mark
Did You Make Today?”


Sad and Happy Faces

“What kind of mark did you make today?”

Every time we are with someone we leave a mark – either a “gold heart” or a “grungy mark” depending on how we treated them.

And paying attention to the marks we make impacts not only other people’s lives, but our lives as well.

When I was a young girl, one of my Dad’s favorite lessons to teach me was the Golden Rule – to treat others as I would want to be treated. The Golden Rule was really about treating other people with kindness and respect.

Respect is the key to having an effective relationship with anyone.  It is the key to meaningful personal relationships, happy marriages, successful careers, and joyful families.

When we are respectful, it builds rapport, trust, and connection with others. When we are disrespectful, it can cause resentment, anger, distrust, and conflict and can build an emotional wall between us and the person we are with.

It’s important to note that the purpose of asking this question isn’t to focus on what’s “wrong”.  The purpose of asking this question is to bring awareness to the types of marks we are making in the world.  It’s also a great tool for helping kids learn how to navigate life – especially if they are upset about leaving grungy marks.  Take the time to explore how they could handle a similar situation in the future by using gold hearts!

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