Teach the Children Well

Teach the Children Well

By Marilyn Miller, M.Ed. Executive Director Da’Cipher 360°

 

 

 

The days of children playing under street lights after dark are all but gone. Now we live in a world that is a great deal more sinister. Our children are not safe. Guns and random shootings are happening practically everywhere. Synthetic drugs are killing our children and they can be purchased at the corner store. Babies are having babies. Life is no longer treated and respected as the blessed treasure that it is. Our children need to be equipped and prepared for success in this new destructive era of, “I want what I want when I want it”. It is up to parents, caregivers, teachers, our churches and our communities to equip and prepare our children for the future. It takes a community to raise a child. Most children live in the here and now with little thought or regard for the distant future consequences that could take place because of their present behaviors. {{more]} Right now parents could initiate a thought provoking game with their young people called “What Would Happen If…” This game entails discussing common decisions that young people make every day like skipping school, cheating on tests, experimenting with drugs or alcohol, stealing or lying and the list goes on. When the topic is decided on, a scenario is proposed and the youth is asked to make a decision based on the proposal. When this is done, then look down the road, one year, five years and then ten years and discuss several possible outcomes of the decision. Young people need to realize that everything that starts out as fun and games doesn’t always end up that way. They need to know that drugs, alcohol and sex, among other things, can ruin their lives. Becoming a parent during the teen years is no fun. It is a serious job. Teen parents are responsible for another life. A life that is totally dependent on them for everything. Young ladies need to know that “little boys”, that’s mental age not chronological age, don’t mean it when they say “I love you”. Watch out for that hidden agenda. Teach the young ladies to guard their bodies and their futures. We must also teach our children that every time they refuse the temptation to do wrong, they are building strength and character. Our community and our country need people of character to grow as a community and a nation. It’s up to us to uphold the noble principles that America was built upon.