Why do we adults forget about “playing nice?” I mean we teach our children its importance all the time.
“Amanda, you need to play nice.”
“Bobby, stop that and play nice.”
I guess when we grow up we become sophisticated and call it something else. But it’s still playing nice.
When we tell our children to play nice, what do we mean?
I think we mean we want our children to take turns, to share, be fair, no shoving or hitting, no tattling. Did I miss something?
So how should adults play nice?
→ Adults take turn by letting each person have their opportunity to speak.
→ Adults share their possessions as needed. They share their time and attention.
→ Adults play fair by not using politics to further their career. By not using people to climb the ladder. By not lying to get their own way.
→ Adults don’t shove or hit with their words or prejudices.
→ Adults don’t point out others mistakes in order to cover their own.
So, can’t we all just learn to play nice?