God, is like a loving parent. We are given chance after chance to make the right choices. Isn’t that the way a loving parent should be? A loving parent should never give up on their child. A loving parent should allow chance after chance for their child to choose the correct path.
Parents, pay attention to this list! If you choose not to provide your children with the following tools for their lives, it means you are acting out of conceit and selfishness and not out of LOVE. How can you expect your children to learn if not from you and your actions? It is not only conceited but selfish to believe your time and thoughts are more important than your own children’s.
It is your responsibility to:
01)Love your children
02)Give your time to them
03)Live by example:
c-Stick to your commitments; your children are watching you and your actions constantly.
d-Take care of yourself; low self-esteem is teaching your child to be the same. Get help if you need it, so they won’t have to.
e-Admit your mistakes; just because you are the parent, does not mean you are perfect or correct all the time.
f-Don’t be afraid to show gratitude for everything in your life; again your kids are watching your every action.
It is your responsibility to teach them:
a-Say thank you,
c-Teach all forms of gratitude and common courtesy, like holding the doors for others, sending thank-you cards, thinking of others first.
a-It begins at home. If you show no respect and your children hear you disrespecting others, they will believe it is o.k. because you taught them that. Disrespect is never alright!
a-Not everyone is just like you
b-Teach them to celebrate our differences instead of making fun or pointing a finger at them.
04)Be their best! Teach them to be the very best version of themselves:
a-If you are lazy and unmotivated, how can you expect them to not be. If you don’t make your bed, do you think they will, willingly?
b-God expects us to use the very gifts given to us to the best of our ability not just for ourselves but for others. If you have the gift of cooking for example, and your neighbor is sick, why not
make your neighbor some soup? And, keep yourself healthy, by taking care of yourself…in eating, and exercising to be your best self. It is lazy to allow your child to become unhealthy
because you couldn’t make the time to feed them properly or see that they were bathed, clothed, or had enough sleep.
c-Do not make excuses; take responsibility for your actions. And, if your child does wrong, own it! Don’t blame everyone else. We are all responsible for our own actions.
05)Show kindness to all humans and living creatures:
a-Help a stray animal in need. Teach your children that we are all advocates for God’s world. We are to help the living creatures and our environment. Don’t litter. Help an injured animal.
06)Let your children make mistakes and love them anyway. It’s their own path to follow and learn.
Remember, children learn by example. Don’t be the parent who says, “Do as I say, not as I do.” If we are bigots, so shall are kids be. If we make fun of others, so shall our children. If we complain about everything in life, so will our children. If we are endlessly unhappy, so will our children be. If we are haters, abusers, negative persons, we are teaching our children to act the same. If we are prejudice, our children learn to be also.
If a man disrespects his wife, he is teaching his children to disrespect their spouse. If a woman controls her husband and rules the roost, she is teaching her children to act alike. If we are raised Republican and our children decide to be Democrats, they are not wrong, it means we taught them to choose for themselves.
Teaching your child to be respectful, reminds us to be respectful in life, with everyone and everything. Remember, we are not special; everyone is special.