“We’ve got to work to save our children and do it with full respect for the fact that if we do not, no one else is going to do it.” – Dorothy Height
Dorothy is right here… although you may be asking the question, “Save them from what?” As adults, we sometimes forget what it was like growing up, as the dynamic of our lives has changed over the years. In addition, time seems to have worn away at the morality of society. Therefore, we should task ourselves with saving our children from the many things that can lead them down the wrong paths in life–the addictive behaviors they learned from us, the low self-esteem that constant criticism has brought them, the lack of caring that they have learned from us, the self-destructive behaviors that they have learned, the desire to deceive and hide that they have also learned from us.
Nearly all the behaviors we have grown up with–positive, negative, and neutral–we have learned from our parents or from other adults. Those of us who had nurturing, loving parents, sometimes may find it difficult to understand how people can grow up with so much anger and fear in their hearts. Conversely, those who grew up with parents who exhibited behaviors of drug and alcohol abuse, violence, lack of caring, lack of respect, lack of nurturing, lack of money for the basic needs, or many other problems, grew up believing that the world is a place to be feared, that lack is a way of life, that anyone against them must be put in their place.
If we wish to change the world for the best, we must start with the children. As parents, we must nurture them and love them, teaching them about love and respect. As brothers and sisters in this world, we must be patient with them, and treat them with dignity and respect, for they are their own persons, with their own unique souls.
If I want to contribute positive change in the world, I must start by instilling positive traits into our future generations, and not negative ones. Our children need us for encouragement, for love, to act as strong role models who are willing to share our lives and our thoughts with them. As Father Flanagan, founder of Boys Town said, “There are no bad boys. There is only bad environment, bad training, bad example, bad thinking.”
Make a positive impact in the life of a child today.
Questions to consider:
Why is it so easy to keep out of our minds just what is happening to the children in our world?
Why do so few parents seem to understand what it takes to be effective parents?
How was your life when you were growing up? If it was good, are you sharing that same kind of life with some kids? If it was bad, are you trying to help some kids avoid that kind of life?
For further thought:
“If we are to reach real peace in the world, we shall have to begin with children.” – Mohandas Gandhi