What is the role of a parent? Is it to guide a child around the pitfalls of life? Carefully making sure he does not make the same mistakes the parent made as a child? What should a parent focus on? Should guidance be demanding or suggestive? One response could be: Become a force in helping a child discriminate between spiritual values and material desires. If this is a method of direction, what does it look like in practice?
SPIRITUAL AND MATERIAL DISCOVERY
Throughout history, mankind has struggled to define the world of Spirit and the physical world. Jesus’ life was dedicated to making this distinction. Some got it and some didn’t. Since that time, lack of understanding the difference, has contributed to man’s state of thought in the 21st century. Certainly, we see an erosion of spirituality in perception and practice. How are these terms defined? Simplistically, spirituality is divine consciousness–consciousness filled with spiritual thoughts and ideas. It never sinks to human logic and practice. On the other hand, materiality is that which is perceived and demonstrated based on human thinking. It’s truth is what the five physical senses say is true.
THE TASK OF A PARENT
As a parent, I view my task as guiding a child in discriminating between spiritual values and material desires. This makes being an example for the child, the key role of a parent. I remember “doing” as I saw my parents do. And . . .love must be the foundation of each template.
KEY CONTRIBUTIONS OF CONDUCT
Key conduct in parenting is to understand the role of a parent. Here are a few reminders:
- Examine yourself and not the child.
- Express your highest sense of good.
- Stifle your ego and control.
- Words without demonstration, have no value to the child.
- Be kind, but be truthful.
- Your child is not responsible for your dreams, allow him to develop his own.
- Your child is an individual, let him be one.