In marriage and family therapy, we read in our textbooks, but also get to see, that the way children are raised matters. In fact, the children under our care will rarely exceed our level of maturity as their caregivers and the example we provide for how to live their lives. So for both parents and grandparents, our behavior and demeanor matter to the children we are raising or influencing.
Take time today to ask yourselves if what you are doing or saying is what you would want your children and grandchildren to do and say. It is contended that values are caught, not taught. What are you teaching through the example you present in words and actions and how a
re you influencing the next generation in the dealings you have with others?
When we pick up the newspaper every day, or take time to check it online, we read articles about violence, disrespect and poor judgment. You might speculate, as I do, what can be done to change the direction we seem to be taking in our country and our world. There are days when I wonder why I spend time reading the headlines or the articles because I know the news will only serve to make me feel frustrated, helpless or hopeless.
The one thing we know we can do is be a good example to everyone who comes into our presence today. This may seem too small to make any impact. And at those moments of doubt, remember the mustard seed.
Kate Walsh Soucheray is a licensed marriage and family therapist in Stillwater. She works at Christian Heart Counseling at 275 Third St. South and can be reached at [email protected] or 651-439-2059 extension 718.