Twenty years ago, parents would say that television causes most arguments in their homes. Now parents rank ‘Coping with the digital technology in the lives of their children’ as their biggest headache. A mother of four and five year olds told of how it took several weeks to get the
We can complain about our lack of time, the influence of television, and Safe Schools, but the ultimate responsibility to establish family culture falls on you as the parent. Nobody else is responsible. This is a great privilege and also a duty.
To achieve this, three things are essential. First,
We all understand intuitively that good decision making is at the very core of human maturity. Homer reserves some of his highest praise for ‘a man who can think for himself’.
...a man who can think for himself.Homer 800BC
The art of parenting is to raise young people to
Routines and timetables are like Lego for a child's character. Simple home routines and consistent kindness towards all are the building blocks of good habits. Add your selfless example and a liberal smothering of affection and the characters you forge will be resilient, big hearted and ready for life.
Martin Luther King, in his famous ‘I have a dream’ speech, spoke of a time when children will be judged not by the colour of their skin but by their character. What does he mean by character? Tom Lickona, one of the champions of the character education movement, explains that