I Matter

Respect for ones parents is the highest duty of civil life.  -Chinese Proverb

A few weeks ago, I heard something on the news that was so shocking that I was pretty sure I heard incorrectly.

I didn’t.

A Freeport teenager charged with crashing a van into a house, killing a woman gardening, told police she didn’t feel so bad after learning the victim’s age.  Kayla Gerdes, 18, was quoted in a written statement to police saying: “The thing that made me feel not so bad was she was old.” The comments were reported by Newsday, citing court records. She added: “I mean 70 years is a long time to live.”

It’s been a long time coming.

Recently, I noticed a family including a mom, dad, grandparents and three children out to dinner.  While the mom and dad spoke with their parents, the three children wore the glow of hand-held video games.  They were not invited to be part of the conversation, but instead quietly occupied so the dinner experience was pleasant but missing a perfect opportunity for the children to connect.

If your children are not taught to respect the elders in your family, then the elders in your family will become just as this young woman said, old.

What grandparents want is the opportunity to know and love their grandchildren, and even better to share their wisdom and history of family.

With this coming mother’s day and father’s day, save money on the shirts and scarves, and encourage your children to give the purity of their attention.

Teach your children that we all matter.

See “Creating a Family Culture” –Parental Wisdom – Reports

Do you have a point of view on this topic?  Visit the Parental Wisdom forum to start a topic.  See I Matter.

Have a great week!

Tina Nocera, Founder
Parental Wisdom®

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