It All Starts at Home

There is a Proverb that says ‘Train up a Child in a Way He Should Go and when he is old he won’t depart from it.’ I never realized how true this statement was until I started teaching and dealing with young people. When you teach a child at a young age manners, right from wrong and your expectations those lessons follow them.

A few nights ago I was at a community meeting. The parents were invited but only a few showed up. The children in the area did show up which was great. I loved interacting with the kids but I have noticed from working with students that much of the home training is not happening.

The language both physically and verbal leave much to be desired at times. They are heavily influenced by music and music videos that often give a distorted view on life. This is the MTV and BET generation. Reality tv shows dominate programming. Many of the students I spoke with rarely read newspaper and magazines.

This overflow of pop culture without the proper training at how leaves cracks in their behavior. I was encouraged that the children showed if even if the parents didn’t. Our children do want to learn especially if we are consistent, “real” as they say and make it interesting.

This promises to be a challenging year that I hope to share with you. Feel free to pass along any tips you might have in regards to working with youth.


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