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Sunday, June 10, 2012

On my soap-box

I don't usually feel like getting on a soap-box but today I'm stepping up.  ( I wonder how big a soap-box is?)  Anyway, I've been thinking about values and morals and how our children can grow into principled, happy adults.  There are so many conflicting messages bombarding them and, lacking the experience and maturity to sort things out, they are often swayed by convincing arguments.

My soap-box message is this..if you have strong beliefs and traditional values, you are going to have to be the one to teach those morals to your children.  If you believe those values are the basis of a happy life, you are going to have to get that message across strong and clear to your children.  You cannot depend on the school system, the media or even your friends and neighbors to reinforce those values.  You cannot just assume your kids will be able to discern right from wrong without any input from you.  Start early and show what you believe by your example.  Teach them to be kind and tolerant of others but teach them not to be afraid to stand up for their beliefs.  Always be available to talk with your kids when they have questions and try not to look uncomfortable or shocked by anything they say.  :)

I hope I haven't offended anyone by posting this and I can't give specifics but the topic has been weighing heavily on my mind lately.  So, I decided to write...


  1. Good post! I enjoy a good soap box. :-)

    1. Thank you Meghan! I had to be really delicate in writing it.