Habits

“In early childhood you may lay the foundation of poverty or riches, industry or idleness, good or evil, by the habits to which you train your children. Teach them right habits then, and their future life is safe.” ~  Lydia Sigourney …

Our parental duties extend beyond simply providing food, shelter, and clothing for our children. We have the unique ability to “secure the safety of their future,” by teaching them good and wholesome habits today–habits of love, kindness, and serving others; habits that help them to be industrious members of society by promoting good; habits that lay the very foundation upon which they will hopefully find fulfillment and purpose in life.

When we teach our children to embrace healthy habits in life, they come to rely on them as an effective tool in their lives. They learn the power of sharing love with others; they see first-hand how to be caring, productive, and life-giving elements of humanity. And, much like a tree that is planted in fertile soil, they have great potential to grow strong and tall.

Society often tends to turn to secular and social programs to help children grow, but the answer is always at home. Happiness in a child’s life can only be found in a healthy family life based on faith, respect, love, compassion, and truth.

Children are impressionable beings… in need of exemplary moral guidance. Be always aware of what you are teaching them. Always strive to be a righteous and wholesome model of a life well lived.

Help a child adopt a healthy habit today.

Questions to consider:

If a child is partially the product of his or her habits formed through childhood, is not everyone who impressed those habits upon the child partially responsible?

What healthy foundations were laid by your parents, grandparents, teachers, etc? How has this affected the habits you formed in life?

What are some ways in which you can help lay a strong foundation for a child?

For further thought:

“Children are living beings–more living than grown-up people who have built shells of habit around themselves. Therefore it is absolutely necessary for their mental health and development that they should not have mere schools for their lessons, but a world whose guiding spirit is personal love.” ~ Rabindranath Tagore

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