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Inspiring Our Children to Follow the "Right" Path
How can we inspire our children to follow the "right" path? asked by CWanamaker
Being a mother of three with the ages 29, 26 and 22, and a teacher of public school for 27 years this question is what I live daily; and the "right" path is what I am trying to follow, loving God. How than could I let this question go without answering it?
I read once that we want to give our children what we did not have, that we forget to give them what we did have.
Quality of time is better than quantity of time. Better if we could give them both.The reality is that now days we do not live the land of a family...we live rented or have to pay the mortgage and other bills as well as necessities conformed within this century. Our children will survive to this rushed life if we inspire them in love.
I am a Christian, and a strong believer that the answers for all our questions are in the Bible, which it is The Holy word of God. God is love and whoever follows His truth will live by love, for than all will come up right because we will walk on the "right" path and our children will be witnesses and imitators of this.
Who are our children? Psalm 127:3-5 says" Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD, the fruit of the womb a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, So are the children of one's youth. How blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them; They will not be ashamed When they speak with their enemies in the gate. "
We are created in the image of God. Many educators and other professionals in the field of children formations agree that children come with intelligence but they will imitate what surrounds them. Have you ever heard "Monkey see, monkey do"? Not because there is a missing link, or because we evolve from a monkey (actually that sounds like a joke it self) but because of the fact that monkeys do imitate. Dr. Benjamin Spock calls this "incidental learning." Dr. Maria Montessori said, "the child takes in his whole environment, not with his mind but with his life."
Inspiring our children is to be transparent
I read a joke once of this little boy answering the phone saying "My mom says she isn't here." That happened to me also once with my oldest son. He did it on purpose knowing that I would have no moral excuse or words to discipline him when my lie was most faulty.
Shame and guilt should appear in us as parents; with it the hope of surrendering to a commitment of working out to be a good model and asking forgiveness from our children, making them understand our sinful humanity and that it is alright to fall but that we have to get up and keep walking through the "right" path of a transparent life.
Moral values are not things from the past
Moral values were in a period of extinguish, but not any more. Some tiny evil tried to make kids believe they were "things" from the past but a big angel bought them back. I know there is hope for this world and the "right" path is there to be inspired for our children to follow.
The picture below was a moment that my middle son went through and I moved the earth to get him out of what, in that moment I saw as "hell". Difficult moments will come (our children will see and be inspired in the way we move), those moments will be temporary though they seem eternal.
What did I do in those moments? I will share them with you:
- Be still and know that God is God.
- Demonstrate you are capable to understand.
- Listen and let know you will never abandon them.
- Maintain honesty always.
- Never loose hope and keep in prayer.
- Trust in others to help.
Inspirations for our children to follow the "right" path
I love this question because I enjoy giving these suggestions; not because I was a great A+ mama, teacher, or Christian, but because it makes me know I am being part of changes...I am advising and someone out there will be blessed.
The Bible has the answer and I will leave you with some verses which I know will inspire our children to follow the "right" path:
- 2 Timothy 3:14-15 "But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus ."
- Matthew 21:15-16 "But when the chief priests and the scribes saw the wonderful things that he did, and the children crying out in the temple, “Hosanna to the Son of David!” they were indignant, and they said to him, “Do you hear what these are saying?” And Jesus said to them, “Yes; have you never read, “‘Out of the mouth of infants and nursing babies you have prepared praise’? ”
- Matthew 18:3 "And he said: "I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. "
If you read the scriptures above you have the answer:
Inspiration for our children to follow the "right" path is for us to stop playing the "big guys" game and learn from them, being inspired with God's words about the children.
Froggy213 inspiring his grandkid
Be an inspiration!
Many parents inspire their children in many ways. I admire my life partner Froggy213, because he is always finding a way to keep up his inspiration to his children now adults, and his grandkids.. Being an inspirational parent never ends. In the video to the right side Froggy demonstrates with his natural sincerity the many ways we could inspire to a "right" path.
The video below is an example of how we inspire and how they inspire us by their transparent heart.
God bless us all in our task of inspiring children to follow the "right" path.
© Maria Magdalena Ruiz O'Farrill
© 2012 Maria Magdalena Ruiz O'Farrill