Humility is tough for young children to acquire. Most parents want them to have high self-esteem which can lead to less commendable behaviour such as:
- feeling superior and being arrogant about it,
- exaggerating self-worth, importance, or stature,
- boasting and bragging, and
- judging others.
Humility makes room for others by:
- showing respect and concern for the welfare of others,
- taking responsibility for our faults and failings rather than blaming others,
- apologizing when we do something wrong to others,
- making amends, and
- giving credit where credit is due; not unfairly glorifying our own self.
Humility leads to authentic self-improvement by:
- making us aware of our imperfections,
- leading us to try to be better people,
- freeing us from conceit, vanity, and inflated pride in oneself, or one’s appearance, and
- modelling propriety and modesty in dress, speech, and conduct.
“Humility is not thinking less of yourself,
it is thinking of yourself less.”