all they knew…

All they knew, they learned from us.

Our children are our responsibility. As parents, it’s our job to teach them how to be caring, compassionate adults.

We teach them through our words – through the words we use when we talk to them, to their other parent, to our friends and extended family – even when we don’t believe they can understand or aren’t listening to what we say. Children are mirrors. They reflect what is shone to them.

We teach them through our actions – how we treat them and other people. Are we tolerant, understanding, thoughtful, and kind?

We teach our children bigotry and hate when we don’t stop it at home. When we allow ignorant speech and violence, no matter how slight or insignificant we believe it to be, we are teaching our children that we accept such behavior.

Rationalizing bullying or prejudice by saying that “we were teased as children and we grew up fine.” – maybe we didn’t. If you believe it’s acceptable for your child to be cruel and brutal to another child, for whatever reason, maybe you aren’t “fine.”

We need to teach our children to stand up for what is right, to protect their friends and family.

“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing” ~ Edmund Burke

6 thoughts on “all they knew…

  1. I agree, but unfortunately have found that with some children it just doesn’t matter what they have been taught. NOT that I have continual problems with my 18 year old son who thinks everything I stand for is stupid, oh no, not at all.

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  2. Amen. This is such an important message. One of my proudest moments came many years ago when my then ten-year-old son told me something about his friend “Maggie.” Maggie was one of five foster kids living next door. Though I knew, I asked him which of the three girls was Maggie. “She’s the one who’s my age, between Kathy and Sue.” Maggie was the only black child in the family.

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