This post isn’t meant to be preachy. Family has been on my mind a lot lately and how proud I am of my son and grandson.
What do we do that would make our ancestors’ hair curl? Granted our descendants manner of living was much more strict than today’s traditions. In many, many ways. We have grown as a culture, good or bad.
Maybe it’s the way we style our hair. Maybe it’s our choice of clothing. Could it be our choice of speech? The way we treat others? We can pray we’ve taught our children from an early age to choose well, to be at ease with life’s options.
And…there are options. Right and wrong choices.
Guidance and encouragement will teach our children to, hopefully, choose the right role models. Perhaps they’ll opt to model their lifestyle in the way we’ve demonstrated, perhaps it’s someone else.
Children do observe everything we do or say. The way we behave towards others. It’s our responsibility to instill good values in our children and grandchildren.
It isn’t our role to judge. When we engage, offer encouragement and support in their choices, we stand by the person they’re becoming. Right or wrong. Though we hope they choose effectively. Choices they make are part of their growth.
Yes, perhaps they’ll make mistakes, who doesn’t? How else are they to learn?
I’ve certainly gathered much knowledge from my own mistakes. We can only hope they learn from theirs.