In this book I read recently, “Sometimes God Has a Kid’s Face”, Sr. Mary Rose McGeady, author and founder of Covenant House, provides parents with a survival guide worth sharing.
In this survival guide are important lessons learned from the thousands of homeless kids who came to the shelter scared, cold, hungry, alone and most of all desperate to find someone who cared.
In the next few weeks, Champion Parenting will present a series about teaching children in today’s world. The first lesson is about communicating your values to your child. Sr. McGeady believes, “Parents have far more influence on instilling values in their kids than any other factor.”
In addition, Sr. McGeady recommends the following:
- “Kids get their sense of what’s right and wrong from people they love and no one has more influence over teaching values than you do. Your input can make all the difference!”
- “When it come to teaching values…action always speak louder than words. Kids today have a “show me” mentality. They need to see the values lived out by you. Respect for life, respect for other people, honesty, integrity…kids get those from watching you. The old saw has never been more true…children do learn what they live!”
- “Families are still the best vehicle for raising children. A loving, nurturing family unit, of whatever form, creates the kind of environment kids need to learn what’s right and wrong… and how to love themselves too. Values are best inculcated in an environment of love and acceptance.”
- “Always take time to sit and talk to your kids. Don’t be afraid to say what you feel (but don’t ever be closed to what your kids think).”
- “Always strive to teach your kids to love and respect themselves as children of God. A healthy love and respect for themselves is incredibly important for any kid. It’s also the first essential step in helping a kid also learn a love and respect for those around him, and God.”
- “Nobody has said it better than Jesus. Those three words, “Love Thy Neighbor…” are an important message for every kid!”