The harsh reality of judging others

A social experiment shows that not everyone looks past a person’s outward appearance.

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  • No matter how we try to avoid it and how we try to teach our children not to do it, there are people in this world who judge others. They think negatively about another, they look at the outside appearance of another and they focus on someone's weakness. In short, they don't look at the true beauty that lies within a person.

  • Two men set up a social experiment to see just how judgmental and shallow people in our society have become. A recent study shows that the number one fear for men who date online is that their date will end up being fat. These men put the study to the test. They set up a profile on Tinder, a popular dating website, of an attractive young girl. The girl then set up dates with several potential suitors. However, the dates were in for a surprise when they show up and the girl they expected had changed. Unfortunately, the dates didn't go too well.

  • The results from this experiment are sad and discouraging. The two men later performed the same experiment, but placed a man in a fat suit. Once again, it shows that people judge on outward appearances, even though so many people say they do not or try not to.

  • As parents, we can do our best to teach our children to avoid any type of judgmental behaviors. If we all stick together, we can help raise a generation that truly does care about what's in a person's heart, not what their dress size is. Here are a few suggestions to help your children see a person's inward beauty.

  • 1. Watch yourself

  • What do you say about people when they aren't around? Do you talk about their hair, their makeup, the way they are dressed? Children pick up on even the smallest comments you make. If you say something about another, they may say the same things as well.

  • 2. Teach children

  • There will be moments when you hear your children talk about people at school or in the neighborhood. When you come across these moments, take advantage of that time to teach your children why judging others is wrong. You may find that these teaching moments are more common than you may realize.

  • 3. Use the scriptures

  • You can help your children see a person's inward beauty through the scriptures. There are numerous verses in the Bible that discuss judging others, particularly Matthew 7:1-5. Also remind your children that everyone is a child of God, and they should not be treated any less.

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  • We will all encounter being judged in our lives. But if we make a slight difference in how we and our children look at others, that will have made a large impact in the world.

  • Here are more ways you can teach your children not to judge others.

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Courtnie is an editor for FamilyShare.com and has a degree in journalism. She has a slight obsession with running, newspapers and large fuzzy blankets. She currently lives in Idaho with her husband and two sons.

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