Tolerance starts at home in the way you talk to your children and the respect you show for the people close to you when you speak. However, not only parents are role models at home.
Sometimes our siblings teach us basic lessons about life. Children’s minds work like a sponge, and they absorb all the knowledge and behaviors, whether good or bad, and tolerance is no exception.
As we grow up, our siblings become role models to follow, our superheroes. In a way, we imitate them because they are the people we interact with most outside of school. Therefore, they are the first to teach us about tolerance.
These are a few things I learned about tolerance while growing up with older brothers.
Positive social tolerance
Differences in tastes, habits, and interests, each other’s unique qualities, and simple day-to-day life at home are the main situations in which we find ourselves unconsciously learning tolerance with our siblings.
Unlike other social interactions we may have, you cannot avoid your siblings. We must learn to deal with them. Over time, this teaches us to channel the frustration they can produce until we reach a place of tolerance.
Studies affirm that our older siblings positively help our development and play an important role in our lives, teaching us empathy and tolerance. This makes us value the differences within our own family and apply them in environments outside the home, thus appreciating the differences in others and appreciating the positive aspects that this could bring in our lives.
All of this learning will greatly impact our interpersonal relationships in the future and other aspects of our lives, such as our professional lives. Tolerance is key to leading a healthy social life by avoiding conflicts and making the most of multicultural interactions.