I sincerely believe that it is far more beneficial and far less costly to help a child build confidence than it is to fix an adult who has little or none.

Our children are valuable

on July 2, 2013

We had a good day yesterday for the Canada Day Celebrations despite the weather.   In the morning, the sun tried to peek through the clouds, but as the day progressed, the clouds won the game.   The weather called for thunderstorms, but the fireworks did go as planned and there were only a few raindrops.

The city puts on a family celebration downtown in our Market Square, with lots of activities for the kids, music and food.  We were enjoying the music and watching people walk by, many dressed in red and some wearing unique costumes that included a flag.  Smiling faces were painted and everyone seemed to be having a great time.

It was an enjoyable day until I saw a man wearing a t-shirt that shocked me.  I know people wear shirts with inappropriate or rude sayings and pictures on them and I don’t really approve of them, but this one was just plain disgusting especially for a family event with hundreds of children running around.  The picture was a nude women with very prominently displayed breasts and lower private area.   Even my husband commented on it and he usually just laughs.   I had a strong desire to ask the man what he was thinking when he put on this shirt or was he just not thinking at all?  Did he care that children would be seeing this horrible picture?  However I didn’t want to start a war, so I bit my tongue and just kept walking.    What difference would it have made?  He obviously didn’t care and he probably would have been angry.

People don’t seem to realize the harm they are inflicting on children with their words and actions.   I have read numerous books and articles that state how images that use sexual content, definitely have a negative effect on children, teens and adults and I know this from personal experience and relationships with friends.   These images can promote bad thoughts and behaviours and can be very destructive and damaging to a person’s self-esteem.

Our children are valuable and we need to protect them from the evils of this world.   It is our responsibility to be a good example to them so they will have a good future. mom taking pics of 2 kids

Are you being a good example to your children?  What are you depositing in the memory banks of your children – good memories or bad memories?

Every day of our lives we make deposits in the memory banks of our children.   ~Charles R. Swindoll


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