Summer has finally arrived! The children are free of homework and so are you. Yay!!!
But, it won’t be long before your children are whining, “We’re bored.” They’ll tire of swimming, running around all day in swimsuits or pajamas, and watching TV.
So what’s a mom to do? You’ve come to the right place. I want to encourage you to take the next seven or so weeks and teach your children the most important thing you are to teach them–how to be a good person.
The world tells us, no…pressures us, to get our children ready. Ready for school by learning colors, shapes, and letters before they even register. Ready for sports and potential scholarships by signing them up for pee wee ball, swim teams, or basketball. Start early or you’ll miss out we’re told.
Here’s a question for you: while they’re learning those other skills, who teaches them to be a good person? A person who is honest and trustworthy, one who persists through adversity, one who controls their mouth and bodies, one who can be kind and treat others as they want to be treated, one who is brave?
Will the world teach them these virtues? The overworked and underpaid daycare teachers? The overworked and underpaid school teachers? The coaches? The Disney Channel or PBS?
No. Many may try, but let’s get real here…they aren’t paid to do that. They are paid for academic or athletic performance. They are in the business of teaching about fantasies or global warming. They may care but they are not responsible for teaching godly morals.
Teaching godly morals to your children is your job. And, it may be your most important one. Agree?
If you do, let’s start this summer. Don’t get anxious ’cause I’ve developed a chart and some songs to help.
This week, let’s work on teaching the Golden Rule. Remember it?
It may be old, but it’s still true,
treat other people like you want them to treat you
(lyric from The Golden Rule song)
No matter what your children achieve in life, whether they become an All American, a plumber, or the head of a major corporation, you and all of us want them to be a good person. Good, so they don’t lose their standing or fine name and good, so they contribute to a better community and our overall society.
This is God’s charge to you. You are to “Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.” Proverbs 22:6
There is no one to delegate to and no app to do it for you. It takes work and consistent performance on your part to model what you desire for them to copy.
Before you throw up your hands, think about this…what do you truly wish for your children? For them to make lots of money and be successful (whatever that means) or do you want them to be good and decent at whatever they do in life?
When you watch the news, you probably ask yourself this question, “What’s wrong?” We have children killing each other, we have teachers cheating on test scores, we have leaders skimming profits for themselves, and we have the world winking and, in effect, telling our children it’s okay.
Well, we know it isn’t. You can’t do anything about what others do, but you can teach your children the right ways. No one else will.
This week, join me in bringing back the Golden Rule. It’s one of God’s ways. Make sure you practice it and your children do, too.
God’s ways are best today and always.
P.S. I’d love your comments on how this week goes. Join me on social media, too!