How Do We Keep Our Children Safe?
The best way to keep our kids safe is to develop a strong relationship with them. The world can be a big scary place and our children are out in it. We do our best to stay involved and to communicate about their day but eventually the day will come when they are making decisions and using their own common sense to take care of themselves. Whether it is riding your bike on the sidewalk and knowing the rules of the road or choosing to not play a video game that is rated higher than your age; whether it is choosing to be friends with kids who have the same values as you or being strong enough to trust your parent’s rules and not break them. All of these choices keep our kids safe and all of these choices are taught to children by their parents. How do we build this strong relationship of guidance and trust?
It isn’t easy. Parenting is very, very hard. But if we do our work when they are little, they will be ready to grow independent when it is time to figure things out on their own. Always remember that our children are a gift from God. I believe we are given kids who challenge us on purpose. It is our chance to dig so deep into our soul that we are forever changed by raising them. Having children is our chance to develop patience and to teach unconditional love. When children feel this love, through our service and care for them, and when we are their mentors by the example we set, they are open to our influence and teaching. It is a formula of trust, (not of us trusting them, but them trusting us) understanding and love. This formula will give parents the relationship they need to always be in their child’s mind. They will be able to talk to us about the things they need help with. We can talk to them about how to make safe decisions. We can reaffirm that their worth comes from God and not any outside influence. We can guide them in the true ways of the world and then teach them all of God’s beautiful messages about how to get closer to the Divine. Let’s work together to teach our children that they can handle anything the world can throw at them. Not on their own but with our guidance and love and with the knowledge we give them from the Bible and the teachings of Jesus. Let’s give them the confidence to always grow closer to God and to be safe in the world.
Anne Atkin, principal