Monthly Archives: July 2010

Teach the Children Well (Part 3)

As parents or guardians, it is our job to teach children to stand on their own two feet.  Don’t do for them things that they can do for themselves. Two-year-old children are quite capable of picking up and putting away … Continue reading

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Teach the Children Well (Part 2)

There are other things that are considered part of “manners.” Children should be taught to greet other people when they enter a room; to not pass gas or pick their noses in the presence of others; to say “excuse me” … Continue reading

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Teach the Children Well (Part 1)

It starts with manners.  Even before they learn to read and write, children should be taught manners. How do you teach manners to two-year-old children?  By being polite to those children.  When appropriate, say “thank you,” “please,” and “excuse me” to … Continue reading

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It Takes a Village (Part 5)

Once children learn to read and write, they can become better thinkers. Stop.  Look around.  Listen. Do you think we need the next generations to be better thinkers? ************** Go to http://www.GoodShortBooks.com

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It Takes a Village (Part 4)

And children must be educated.  Well educated. Each generation is responsible for the generation coming behind it.  We can’t blame the children for being “bad” or “stupid.”  Ill-behaved and ignorant children are made, not born. By teaching manners and insisting … Continue reading

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It Takes a Village (Part 3)

The “village” protected all children. When children went into a store, they did not see “girlie” magazines anywhere.  Those publications were kept behind the counter, and men had to ask for them.  Children were protected. Children watched television, so television … Continue reading

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It Takes a Village (Part 2)

Children were protected.  We were allowed to have a care-free childhood.   We were not allowed in the business of the adults.  We never heard talk of sex, worry about bills or money, or threats of divorce.  We didn’t see brutal violence … Continue reading

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It Takes a Village (Part 1)

“It Takes a Village” is a popular saying these days, but that’s what we actually lived.  Children did not have to be afraid, and parents did not have to be afraid for them. All the adults looked out for all … Continue reading

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The Calm (Part 4)

We kids had our disagreements, but I don’t recall any of us actually “brawling” with each other.  THAT was never allowed.  We were too busy being responsible and having fun. All the kids took turns washing the dishes, sweeping the … Continue reading

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The Calm (Part 3)

Maybe it was our desire not to get a “whippin’.”  Mama and Daddy both believed in using the belt on our butts!  But it was always the last resort and not in an abusive manner. From birth to 18 years … Continue reading

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