It is that time of year when our children are returning to school to begin a brand new school year or even the first year of school for many of our younger children. With this thought in mind, I know that this is also the time of year that parents and grandparents become concerned for our children’s safety and well-being. We think about so many aspects of school, from the school bus ride to our children’s friends, classmates, and their teachers. We wonder if they are going to do well in school this year and we pray that they do not get into trouble. As parents and grandparents we want the very best for our children and that includes school clothes, trustworthy friends and classmates, and certainly the best education available.
Being a former school teacher in Logan County, I know from experience that there is also the educator’s perspective on a brand new school year. As teachers, we hope and pray for an excellent year filled with wonderful students and great learning experiences. The entire education system from the school bus drivers, all the way through the teachers, up to the principals, and throughout the school board, that the entire staff is hoping for a great year that is filled with successful learning techniques and satisfied and well pleased students, parents and teachers. It is everyone’s expectation to have an excellent year and to make cherished memories.
We must remember that it takes a universal effort to educate our children. It is not only the teacher’s responsibility to instruct our children in the classroom, but we as parents and grandparents must teach our children at home as well. Children learn very fast and if they are not taught correctly, it is easy for them to learn the things that we do not want them to learn. None of us want our children to develop bad behaviors. I think we want our children to be honest, trustworthy, mannerly, and polite. These kinds of Godly characteristics are taught by loving adults and learned by eager young minds. We must remember that Proverbs 22:6 says, “Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.”
We have to remember that morals and values have to be taught to our children. These principles should be taught at an early age and these lessons should be carried out throughout the lives of our children. Our children should be taught about such things as the fruit of the Spirit which can be found in Ephesians 5:22-23, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.” It is never too early nor is it ever too late to teach these Godly virtues.
If we teach our children morals, values, manners, and about the fruit of the Spirit, we can rest assured in God’s promise that these things will remain in our children through the course of their lives, Then they will grow in the knowledge and grace of God and when they are older these virtues will become a part of them and they will not depart from what they have been taught.
As parents, grandparents, or guardians, we want to be proud of our children and their accomplishments. We want them to become successful adults. We want to be able to look them in the face and to honestly tell them how proud we are of them for their grades, their behavior, and their choices. We also should want our children to be able to look at us and be able to have that same sense of pride about us. We should remember that the best way to teach a child is to be an example of what we want them to learn.
Children are a blessing and today’s children are tomorrow’s leaders. They will become what we teach them. It is our revered duty to teach them about God and His attributes. We all will stand before the Lord one day and give an account of our lives and actions while here on earth. Let’s teach our children how to act and to behave so that we can know that we made a difference in their lives. Let’s teach them such things that we can rest assured in knowing that our children will make a difference in the lives of others. I want to wish the best school year possible to our students, our parents, and our teachers. Remember the African proverb that says, “It takes a village to raise a child.”