Lead by Example

“Every child deserves a champion an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection and insists that they become the best that they can possibly be.” Rita F. Pierson

The world over parents are facing a new, but extremely grave problem. Teenagers, even small children, are falling prey to the inescapable traps set by the cyber world. The Blue Whale game, which recently swamped the world in shock and terror, is only the tip of the iceberg. Submerged under the apparently calm waters lurk hidden dangers, the impact of which can sink and destroy many innocent lives.

We have realised now that the perils of the cyber world are as easily acquired as smoking, as addictive as alcohol and as lethal as drug abuse. What we have not realised is that this fatal danger is uncomfortably close; it is lodged in our own homes, in that small gadget of convenience we all possess- the mobile phone. How many of us can confidently declare that we are completely aware of the nature of the digital explorations of our children?

In these difficult times a happy family and a sound upbringing is the fortress which will provide security and protection to our children. Priority should be given to family time, when all the members of the family come together and interact. Eat together, talk together and pray together; family bonding is the antidote to many a teenage problem.

The absence of communication across generations often paves the way towards impulsive and often foolhardy actions on the part of children. Daily conversation with elders helps children gradually acquire a mature perspective of life. It also gives them the comfort that there is somebody to guide them in times of indecision and crisis. Talk to them every day; let them share their day with you as you share your day with them.

Parenting is a difficult, but joyful responsibility. May the wisdom of the Lord guide you in your attempt to become exemplary parents.