What is Strength?It is the ability to withstand and to overcome adversity. Children are lacking in this by their very nature, this is why we as parents are so important. Now I am not trying to insult anyone here but just think about crimes against children; they are the most heinous because the kids can't defend themselves.
Now while none of us can be fully prepared for a big disaster, unless you have experienced something equal in scale, we can foster strength. Both in ourselves and in our children. Go back to my article on Raising Children in Faith, it is this faith that we give our children, paired with their spirituality and bolstered by a strong family that will enable them to be strong when they need to be. Or at the very least to find solace in the times of adversity.
To Thine Ownself be TrueOK I know that is a cliche, and one that is overused. But isn't that what we should all aim for? These lines (yesterday's title and today's) come from my Family's Creed, and I always explain truth as never doing anything that you feel like you need to lie about.
But that is easier said then done. We live in a culture that easily overlooks the little white lies and one that almost expects one to lie, so that you may 'spare one's feelings'. But if we are going to raise up our children to be the adults we want to them to be, we are going to have to make a stand for truth.
I've always said that children will learn from example. So with that in mind just be truthful in your actions with them and most of all with the world around you. They will pick up that behavior and be truthful with you, especially when it counts.
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