Parental example is a powerful teaching tool.
Passing down our wisdom to future generations
is a time-honored tradition. My Dad asked us questions
and taught us how to think ahead, to problem solve,
and to work hard. Our mother taught us a love
for reading, writing, and gave us the best gift
of all: piano lessons. Music is food for the soul
and lasts a lifetime. Education was highly valued.
Our parents read aloud to us daily. At dinner,
we were asked about our day at school. It saddens
me that the art of cursive writing seems no longer
taught. Texting has its place but can never
replace the wonderful tactile experience
of holding real books, turning pages and
reading aloud to our young people. Libraries
offer story time. Bring your children. Allow
them to select books which interest them.
Make religion, philosophy, or meditation
part of your family life. Learn a foreign language
beginning in elementary school. Spend more
time playing family board games and less on
television and computers. Spend time in nature
no matter the weather. Journal. Look through family
photo albums and talk about family history.
Involve children in 4H activities which include
both city and country groups. Bring your children
to museums and symphony concerts. My parents
gave us a love of learning. No one can take your
education away. Planting a garden allows kids
to learn about growing seasons, and a variety of
flowers and vegetables. Teaching children how
to cook and sew are invaluable skills in life.
Travel is a great educator. Learning about
geography, history, cultures, countries, peoples,
and languages. Remember to do your best are
words we heard often. Work hard in life!