My heart broke this past Saturday morning while reading Friday’s issue of the Central Leader (May 23).
My heartfelt condolences to the Arcus family for their loss of a loving husband and father.
He was obviously a good man whose life was cut too short.
As I scroll down the front page, what do I read? Thief snatches donations box. Well, this prompted me to write.
The fault with today’s young people is not the government, or society, or the schools our children attend.
The blame solely belongs to us – their parents.
We are their first teachers. Our job is to teach our children, from birth, right from wrong.
I am not an old fuddy duddy with an unrealistic point of view.
I am a 43-year- old wife and mother of a 13-year- old and a nineyear- old.
Both my husband and I were brought up on Christian values, in which we have taught our children: “ Do unto others as you would have them do to you.”
We are not churchgoers as we believe Christianity begins in the home. But as a “ lunch lady” at a local Sandringham primary school I have noticed that two words are missing from today’s children’s vocabulary. And they are simply “please” and “ thank you”.
It is our job to teach our children these two words and by God we are failing badly. Both my husband and I trust and respect our children to do the right thing during their lives, just as they trust and respect us.
Today’s young people are the product of our teachings. No one else is to blame but ourselves. CHERIE PORTEOUS