Jayne Azzopardi: 'The most important thing I wish for my son as he grows older'

Photo: Channel 9 presenter Jayne and her son
Photo: Channel 9 presenter Jayne and her son Photo: Instagram / Supplied

I'm sure I'm not the only parent who thinks their job will get a little bit easier when there's a new President in the White House.

It's got nothing to do with politics, the US economy or even his handling of coronavirus.

It's about kindness.

Of all the things I want my son to be as he grows older, kind is at the top of the list.

I want him to be the boy who comforts a crying classmate, not the one who makes fun of him.

I want him to be the child who shares their toys or treats, not the one who hoards or tricks others into handing things over.

I want him to call out the bullies. And I definitely don't want him to be one.

And how do you teach your children not to make fun of others or call them rude names, when one of the most powerful men in the world uses his prolific twitter account to do just that?

On Sunday, after the election result was made clear, a friend of mine who is the mother of a child with special needs, shared a video of Joe Biden comforting a young man, with the headline "going from a man who mocked disability to a man who literally embraces it."

The clip has since gone viral - viewed more than eight million times.

It's from two years ago, when the now President-Elect was meeting with the families of people who died in a mass shooting in Parkland, Florida.

Young Corey Hixon - who has the rare genetic disorder Kabuki Syndrome - rushes up to Biden and embraces him. Biden asks the boy if he is ok and he shakes his head. Hixon's father died in the shooting.

​Biden embraces the young man and comforts him. It's a human moment.

One in stark contrast to another video of President Trump several years ago appearing to mock a reporter's disability.

It might seem like a little thing. I'm sure there are people who'll argue it's got no bearing on whether or not either man will be a good President.

But I know which video I'd rather show my son, and which behaviour I'd prefer him to model.

Friday November 13 is World Kindness Day.

And I think we could all do with a little more of it.

World Kindness Day is this Friday, November 13th! 💛 For a collection of fun resources to help celebrate, peep our website. 👀 https://www.randomactsofkindness.org/

Posted by The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation on  Monday, 9 November 2020

Jayne Azzopardi is the Weekend Today newsreader and a Nine News presenter and senior reporter.