Susan is the last of 8 children, has raised 2 children, and has spent 26 years teaching high school kids. She grew up with a strong mother.
All Are Precious
Lessons from Childhood
When I was growing up, I was taken to Sunday School and church, and the most fun of all, Bible School. I often remember the lessons and songs that were taught. All were about acceptance, loving one another, kindness, and living a good life.
Christian or not, these are all lessons that we should be living and teaching our children, especially in this emotionally charged time where there seems to be a lack of judgement or justice, where people leap before they look.
Lessons Taken from Childhood
One of my favorite songs was and still is, “Jesus Loves the Little Children.” It went like this:
Jesus loves the little children,
All the children of the world.
Red and Yellow, Black and White,
They are precious in his sight.
Jesus loves the little children of the world.
I have sung that song for years: to myself, to my children, and to my grandchildren. It is a song that encompasses love and kindness to ALL and no judgement or ridicule. This is what we should be teaching our children today.
Remembering the Individual
We get so muddled down in the news of anger, hate, and violence that we forget there are individuals with feelings and pains and heartache that no one can know about, and as a nation and world, we neglect to think about the individuals, but, instead, we clump them all into the corrupted images and partial stories we see and hear.
If we take a step back and think of our own lives, we know things are not as simple as the snippets we see in the news on either side of any issue. We must teach our children empathy and common sense to know that there is hope.
Each Little Individual
Friendly Advice from Life Experience
Whether you are a Christian or not, take your children to Christian daycares, take them - or allow them to go to Sunday School, church, Bible School, children’s and youth activities throughout the week. You choose the church and take responsibility for placing your child in a good place that teaches good morals and foundations for life. Teach them that there is hope because “Jesus loves the little children/all the children of the world.” Show them that there is good in all people.
Teaching love and kindness and empathy are missing in our society. This lovely song springs hope for all children and adults. Spread the Word. Take the leap.
Love one another. Love your neighbor. Look at the individual. Don’t judge. These are things we need to teach in order to spread hope and love.
As a high school teacher, I saw the outcome of these lessons. It seemed these parents took the added time to make sure their children were involved, and sometimes the students would rely on friends and their parents to help them. Or parents who worked and could not take their children would ask other parents to help out. It seems to take a village...
Parents: the Ball is in Your Court - Don't Let It Go Out of Bounds
There is a famous line in Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, by the wise and beloved character of Atticus Finch:
“You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view . . . until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.”
This line shows empathy, but also it teaches love, kindness, and lack of judgement. It is a kind of “look before you leap” message. Continue teaching your children these lessons, but don’t go it alone. Place them in activities that build character and teach them to love one another.
© 2020 Susan Holland
Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on June 20, 2020:
It is good advice to love one another and put preconceived judgments aside. We are all humans with basically the same needs. Your message is a good one of teaching young children about love and empathy and kindness.