Character For Life
The goal of parents throughout history has been the same: raising children to become responsible adults. We want them to learn to think and act with respect for themselves as well as for others. We do our best to raise them well and to teach them personal responsibility. We strive to instill the positive values that we know will serve them well, both now and in the future.
In the past, morals and values were passed along from generation to generation in several ways. Children’s character was built through the use of such things as moralistic storytelling, parental role modeling of as well as providing positive reinforcement when children made the right choices. These same values were further reinforced and supported by the churches, community and schools – even by the television programs everyone watched. But, due to various changes in our social structures, much of that has been lost along the way.
Today, much of the responsibility for teaching our children right from wrong rests solely on parents. Unfortunately, in these troubled times that may not be enough. On a daily basis, children are being bombarded with conflicting messages from many outside sources: from violent video games and movies to rap music promoting the use of alcohol and drugs and even gang membership. As a result, it is difficult for even the most considerate and caring among them to stay on the right path. It requires our constant vigilance and loving guidance to keep them heading in the right direction.
Sadly, there are many children out there who are facing these same overwhelming influences but have no real guidance and who lack even a basic concept of right and wrong. Children learn to value behaviors which are held in high regard by those around them. When you consider which behaviors are being promoted through our media culture, it really isn’t any wonder that so many of them are making poor choices. Without intervention, their futures seem bleak.