Last month I addressed race issues as the #3 challenge that parents state they are concerned about today.
The #4 biggest concern is teaching children not to lean on the opinions of others. Wow, now this is a tough one! Even adults have a hard time with not leaning on the opinions of others. So, we must first learn to deal with this one ourselves, and overcome those hurtful things that still affect us – many, from way back in our own childhoods.
Now – about those kiddies!! Children are very influenced by what others say to them and about them. I remember a childhood mantra we were taught: Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” Yeh, right!! Truth is, bones heal. Words can kill.
Proverbs 18:21 tells us (Amplified) “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it and indulge it will eat its fruit and bear the consequences of their words.” All through the scriptures we learn that it is our words that shows our faith. It is our words that edify others or bring them down. And James 3:6 says, “And the tongue is [in a sense] a fire, the very world of injustice and unrighteousness; the tongue is set among our members as that which contaminates the entire body, and sets on fire the course of our life [the cycle of man’s existence], and is itself set on fire by hell (Gehenna).”
The first thing we can teach our children is who they are intrinsically – who God created them to be. That they are created in the image and likeness of God; that they are fearfully and wonderfully made; that God knew them before they were even formed in their mothers womb. Find those scriptures that help them understand their unique and special traits, and further, that even those who may hurt them, are also, unique and special.
The second thing we can help them understand about this tiny instrument is how to use it for good. If we can teach them to speak good of others, this principle will help them combat the hurtful things others say about them. They will experience this at various points throughout their lives, so we best prepare them to handle it now.
Take a look at this enlightening article about this very issue. When kids learn that we are all different, they will develop a greater understanding for those who do not agree with them, or who may even say hurtful things to them. Children learn easily and are the greatest of all teachers because they have an easier time with the truth than adults do.
The #5 biggest concern for parents today is teaching your child to navigate social media responsibly and safely. I’m surprised that this isn’t higher on the list, but, at least glad that it is on the list at all. We could fill a book about this topic alone. However, in this short space I’ll only address the most important […]
Last month I addressed race issues as the #2 challenge that parents state they are concerned about today. The #3 biggest concern is keeping children in touch with their emotional well being and who they are. When I saw this topic as one of the top six concerns for parents, I thought back to when […]
Last month I addressed bullying, the #1 challenge that parents state they are concerned about today. The #2 biggest concern is that of race. At first, when the replies to my question, What are the biggest challenges for parents in today’s world? started rolling in, I surmised that helping their children understand why some of their friends […]
Bullying is on the rise in America! In the last newsletter I shared the top 6 responses received from this question posed to parents, What are the biggest challenges for parents in today’s world? And, I promised to address these briefly in this newsletter. However, as I began to research it became apparent that one […]