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  • Creating The Village: The First Thing You Need to Do

    1 posts, 1 voices, 395 views, started Nov 29, 2010

    Posted on Monday, November 29, 2010 by Denise Richardson

    • Diamond

      When most people talk about "the village" it takes to raise a child, you envision extended family, friends, neighbors and community members coming together to make sure a child is raised to respect himself and others, and leaves his parents' house on the right path.

      But today I want to take a different approach. Instead of looking for the village, how can you create the village within your family? Do you realize you're not only raising "your kid," right? You're raising....

      ....A future husband/wife. Teach them how to love, how to forgive, how to communicate. Teach them the art of compromise, and let them know that love takes work. It won't always be easy but it will always be worthwhile.

      ...A future employee/employer. Teach them the value of a strong work ethic, of doing your best every single day, and to take lumps and bumps in stride. Teach them how to respect all those around them – those up the career ladder and those below. Never be too proud to pitch in where necessary.

      ...A future parent. Teach them that parents sometimes make mistakes, but the best ones aren't afraid to learn lessons along with their kids. Parents aren't superhuman but they push the limits of human endurance to make sure their kids don't go without.

      This is why the village is so important. If we're all raising the best kids we possibly can, future generations will reap the benefits.

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