Monday, September 28, 2009

Three Things Every Parent Should Teach Their Kids

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I was pretty sure what I'd say to answer this Blog Hop question, but I asked 15 1/2 year old daughter Jael how she'd answer this, if it were posed as a question. VERY INTERESTING and after she gave me her input, she asked me what three things my parents had taught me which were "have tos". We set as parameters for our discussion that this would be aside from the obvious in a God fearing, salvation believing ,teaching, living family. In short she said, and my assessments were similar #1: Respect for others and for self,.This for all of us is giving each other lots of space to BE who we are, to treat ourselves and others the way we want to be treated, to be able to stand up for ourselves and what we believe because we understand that we have value: value to God , and even if it seems like we have value to no one else on the planet, we know we have value within our family. #2 The ability to articulate clearly , with supporting statements,what we believe about anything : be it spiritual, political, moral or ethical , relational, or pertaining to the desire to participate in an activity and to do so in a way which is respectful yet forceful, #3, loyalty to family and friends. Family sticks together, friends stand by friends and don't bail or walk away when something gets sticky. Wrapped up in all that was the unspoken understanding we have taught our children that there is nothing they can not come and talk ot us about. We have taught them trust:Mom and Dad can be trusted to steer the children in the right direction, trusted to listen, trusted to care and to act accordingly.
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4 comments:

Stay at Home Blessings said...

I think you have taught your daughter well and wise to have learned it. And I also want to instill those values in my children. Thanks for sharing.

Blessed Mom of 8 said...

You are one blessed Momma!

You have done such a good job raising them and continue to grow them strong in the Lord!

You are a gift and a treasure to all who know you!

I love you,
Jill

Cheryl@SomewhatCrunchy said...

14 children! What blessings! Congratulations. Yes, loyalty is paramount.

Angie Vik said...

What a neat blog. You must have such an interesting and rewarding life. Blessings on your kind and generous heart. Love your #3 essential things. Especially #2 - I still don't have a good handle on that. Thanks for visiting my blog.