Values and Traditions


First Lady, Michelle Obama, said “we must change our traditions and change our history. “ I do not understand the need for a change in traditions unless it is to the betterment.  Why? Why must we change our traditions? Our traditions are passed down from generation to generation.  Are we to believe we should not honor our mother and father? Will the content of ones character thrive bearing false witness? Shall we empower our children to be held above all else? We know in our hearts, it is unethical to cheat. Yeah, it is highly unlikely I will teach my children to steal. Will you go to your neighbor with the intent to kill? Do we teach our children not to turn the other cheek? I think not.

            Change our history? Mrs. Obama must not be aware of the value in being able to learn from history. Having history is a blessing. History lays the foundation of what has come before us. America’s diverse past contains an abundance of wealth in knowledge beyond any dreams.   Our struggle is just beginning. Our Constitution is being systematically dismantled.  We have to arm our children with the tools they will need to defend their freedoms.  

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Knowledge of Accountability


“We must pass the law before we know what’s in it.” Our nation’s administrators have no accountability. The buck starts and stops with us. We as a nation must teach our children to the knowledge of accountability. If you have one child, you know who broke the lamp. When you have more than one, you know they didn’t play ball outside. Work together, to clean up the mess while discussing what happened. Our children doing household chores learn cooperation, dependability, and self-reliance. Praise goes a lot farther than any allowance can. We do not need to reward our children for doing their part. Sitting down to eat meals together, going for a walk, doing homework with our children and turning off the techs brings us closer together as a family. You are but one family among the whole. We need to be able to rely on one another. Help to bring your family up not down.

Honor


All of the little things in life add up to the grand scheme. Now, more than ever, we parents need to instill righteous values in our children. No matter how old we are or the age of our children, we can hand down the precious value of content of character. Integrity is a valuable character trait. We must be honest with ourselves and each other. Little white lies can transform to an unmanageable size. We must bestow accountability. Own up to your mistakes and be sure to have witnesses. Hope in other people to learn from your example. It takes a village to raise our children.

Respect


 

Parents are our children’s first teachers. Human beings derive who we are from our beginnings. Content of ones character passes on to our children. Remember, “The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree”? First sight teaches emotional response from facial expressions. Hearing tone of voice teaches emotional response. Sense of touch teaches emotional response. Body language teaches emotional response. An angry face, looming voice and clenched fists warn us.

I’m quite thankful no one is perfect. What a boring and predictable world we would live in if we were. Granted, everyone has a bad day. We, as our children’s first teachers, have to aid our children to handle all of life’s daily ups and downs.

            Where to begin? We must begin with ourselves. Content of ones character. Who we are touches everyone we come across through out our lives. You will not be friends with everyone and everyone will not be a friend with you. People will come into and out of our lives. Start with respect. Respect for each other and ourselves. Put your feet in the other person’s shoes. How does it feel? Is it too tight? Do you get a blister? Is it too loose, flopping as you go? How do you want others to remember you?

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