There are some days when mothering is about as fun as traveling at eighty miles an hour on a blistering hot day on a motorcycle with no windshield in a bug storm! But let’s step back a moment, take ourselves out of the here-and-now and look at the big picture.
We had been talking with our 10-year-old son Talmadge about courage, and I'd been trying, in my long-winded way, to explain the difference between true courage or being a leader for the right.I had been trying to communicate the idea that real bravery was an inner thing, it was then that Talmadge interrupted with...
For those who wish to teach their children about the desirability of fidelity in marriage and the good sense of abstinence before marriage, Richard and Linda Eyre offer some very helpful ideas.
Introduction Our youngest child is named Charity. We liked the sound of the word as well as its definition of “pure love.” A few weeks before her first birthday we were trying to generate a discussion of love with our older children around the dinner table. What is love? What causes us to feel it...
Self-discipline and moderation are two sides of the same coin. Self-discipline is pulling up and away from the laziness of doing too little. Moderation is pulling in and away from the excesses of trying to do or to have too much.
Think of self-reliance and potential is as two sides of the same coin. Self-reliance has a lot to do with taking the blame or the responsibility for negative things that happen. While potential is taking little credit and having the right kind of pride.
Children need calmness. It gives them a kind of security. Peace and the control of temper is a powerful and important value that is largely a product of love and of the atmosphere created in a home!
This will help small children realize that feelings are caused by what has happened -- and that it is okay to feel things and okay to tell others honestly how we feel.
Justice and mercy -- these words seem too abstract, multifaceted, maybe even too religious for children to understand. Yet when they are broken down into their simplest form, they are the basic values for every household -- the values around which everything else revolves.
Simple kindness and friendliness is a great human value. It involves parts of other values, such as the empathy of sensitivity and the boldness of courage, but it is a very separate and different value from these.
It takes real effort on the part of parents, and sometimes a long time for children, to realize that the world does not revolve around them. There is a great deal to be learned from giving up something they really want for the sake of someone else.