“It is easier to build strong children than it is to repair broken adults.” ~ Frederick Douglass …
We are presented here with perhaps the best way possible to bring peace to the hearts of men–to take seriously our role of building up strong children when they are still malleable. Especially as parents, we are tasked with raising our children as well as we know how to, to the best of our abilities. And as a society, we, too, must be strong and wholesome role models for our youth–mentors, teachers, coaches, grandparents and relatives.
So much of the pain we find in adults can be traced back to issues they faced growing up. That is the time to help them out–to guide them in the right direction and set them on a beneficial path. How many of those who are in jails and prisons today, might instead be productive members of society had they simply been shown a better path? How many of those teens who committed suicide, might still be around today, had they been shown their value and worth? Children need us to listen to their needs and concerns; they need to be encouraged, accepted, and shown that they are important and worthwhile.
Just think of the billions of dollars spent every year on prisons, probations, therapists, medications, and recovery. Most of these costs would not even be necessary if we had given them all they needed as children to grow into healthy, stable adults.
What will you contribute to the lives of young people? Will it be the things that build them up and add stability into their lives? Or will it contribute to the destructive baggage they carry around with them as adults?
Build up a child through words and deeds.
Questions to consider:
What do you consider a “broken adult?” Do you feel that their plight is perhaps preventable?
How can you contribute to the positive side of a child’s growth? To the negative side?
Think of the positive input you received as a child. Did you appreciate it? Are you giving the same kind of input to others?
For further thought:
“It costs so little to teach a child to love, and so much to teach him to hate.” ~ Father Edward J. Flanagan, Founder of Boys Town