Humans of New York is one of my favorite Instagram accounts. It shows photos and stories of real people living in New York. Over the weekend they posted this gorgeous snow photo of a father and a son. Friends on Facebook were sharing this photo and agreeing with the father's statement.
My first reaction to this was..
"Why can't kids be both?"
Of course I commend this father for encouraging his child to be a good person with a good heart. That is a wonderful trait that I think many people are lacking these days. But why can't he encourage his son to be smart and attentive in school. His statement made it sound that his son's intelligence was not as important as his compassion for others. I feel that both should be just as important. I encourage my children to be kind hearted and I also encourage them to do the best they can in school. If there is a subject that they are struggling with I will find them some extra tutoring or sit down with them myself to give them some extra lessons. People like Mark Zuckerberg come to mind when I think of brains and heart. I hope that my girls grow up to be smart AND caring so that they can make a positive impact in the world.