Teach­ing val­ues

Central Leader - - Letters -

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


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