Children Copy Us
Children mirror what they learn from adults and older siblings in their lives. So, just what is it that you are teaching the children in your life? Are you teaching them, by your example, how to grow in virtue? Or, are you teaching them the very things that you don’t want them to become? In essence, do you practice what you preach? Or, is it more of a “Do as I say, not as I do” mentality around your house?
On my blog, I write about the virtues for adults, to benefit not only the adults, but the lives of children. My blog teaches you as an adult, how to embrace and practice virtue; so that you can be good role models for the children in your lives. If, as adults, we do not embrace and practice virtue, then how can we expect our children to grow in virtue? I am sure that you want what is best for your child. I am also sure that you do not want for them to grow up with nasty habits like excessive eating, drinking, lying, stealing, etc. Do you realize though, that your child learns how to adopt unwanted behavior by watching you? If you embrace vices, change your own behavior now, before your child adopts the same.
Moral values have been on a steady decline since the 1960’s with the explosion of the “sexual revolution.” As a result, secularism, individualism, consumerism, and relativism have all permeated our society and distorted or dismissed what is virtuous. It is time to reclaim virtue as a good thing in our lives. I encourage you to re-engage with the virtues, and in the process grow closer to God. Do it not only for yourselves, but for the love you have for your children, and the desire for them to live happier lives.
Looking for resources to get you started? The archived posts on this website serve as a good place to start. I also note theological sources in my right sidebar that may be of interest. Of course, I also offer a free gift, the Virtues Guide – Second Edition, which offers a summarized version of my blog posts, nicely packaged in one booklet. I also offer the first in a series of children’s books, that teach you, as an adult, how to teach children the virtue of patience. It is written in a compelling and entertaining manner for children ages 4-8: Adventures of Faith, Hope and Charity – Finding Patience. The second in the series, Adventures of Faith, Hope and Charity – Finding Acceptance, will be available in late summer, 2016. That book will address bullying and the need to accept others as they are.
I find it extremely important to set the living example of virtue for our children. If we don’t reclaim virtue, with honor, then our children will have only vice as an example of how to live. Is that what you want? That’s my opinion, what’s yours? The comments box is open!