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Hillary Clinton tried to persuade the nation that it takes a village; others deem it the responsibility of government to decide what is good for children; and others yet assign this important task to teachers at schools; I believe that the duty and obligation to parent lies with PARENTS. The breakdown of a coherent value system in our society may be a consequence of the contemporary twisted politically correct, ivory-tower championed “mores” that want personal-accountability and dismiss all that is true and sacred, but be it as it may this offers no defense, no excuse. Parents must teach their children what is right and what is not. Parents have a duty to instill in their offspring fundamental values that will equip them to deal with the many challenges they will confront in childhood, adolescence, and later when they embark on their adult life.
The values that parents ought to advocate and model in their own behavior must not be driven by political agenda but rather they should reflect universal and time-tested worthiness: Values such as respect, truthfulness, consideration for others, compassion, charity, cleanliness, hard work and determination, courage, responsibility and reliability, to name several.
Parents that embrace a life that is based on good values are wonderful role-models, but more is necessary. Perhaps the most important gift parents can bestow upon their children is to train them to strive to understand choices and instill in them the courage to opt for the right rather than the easy path. One way to work toward this goal is to introduce children to books.
Reading to children should begin early, since – as statistics demonstrate – being read to impacts children’s development and significantly improves the probability of their future academic and economic success. Furthermore, when the reading material chosen is of quality, the benefits are greater yet. Stories written well enhance vocabularies as well as the perspicacity for proper sentence structure and correct grammar. Age-appropriate content and storylines refine the mind and sharpen the intellect. And the lessons inherent in stories that promote good values provoke contemplation and foster a healthy and positive attitude toward the self and toward others.
This blog is an introduction to a series of future submissions that will promote children’s books that champion specific good values. Authors and readers are invited to suggest and recommend children’s books that fit the objective of this initiative.
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