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By the time they hit the teen years there will be so many influences drawing their focus away from their parents.
I can see it already with Brady and he's only 7. There are things he hears at school I thought wouldn't come up for years. Like, "What's a hickey?" and "What does sexy mean?" ACK!
And bloody violent zombie games.
As parents, we have to be consistent every day in what we teach about our beliefs, what's important and how life should be lived. At age 2 or 4 or 8 or 12, ingrained day after day until it becomes second nature to them.
They may move away from it, but even if they do it will remain inside them, waiting for them to come back.
But wait too long and it will be too late. I believe our kids look to us to give them that foundation, a solid base from which to launch and to which they can return when life knocks them off balance.
Think about everything you want them to learn: about friends, family, God, eating, health, learning, nature, kindness, compassion and caring. What do you want them to know about marriage and relationships, about raising kids, about littering or smoking or drugs.
Tell them. Tell them now. You cannot control their choices in life but you can make darn sure they know where YOU stand on things. If we don't tell them and show them, the world will fill in the gaps with its own ideas.
So thank you, Ma. I'm doing my best.