GIVE: Relate By the Spirit — The Apple Does Not Fall Far From The Tree

GIVE … by the Spirit™ Guest Contributor — Grace Ste. Croix

The Apple Does Not Fall Far From The Tree

© 2011 Grace Ste. Croix

May 18, 2011

           When we become parents, we are responsible for creating a positive home life for our children. A house full of love provides a safe haven for a child. A home of anger, jealousy and ridicule causes a hostile environment and therefore a fearful angry offspring. By relating to our children, we as parents exude our persona on the environment of our child’s home life.

When we feel depressed, alone, afraid or suffer from self loathing, we exude those negative feelings when we come home and our children pick up on the negativity. Children relate to their parents by mimicking their actions, relying on them to teach the basic skills of life in order to survive. If mom is constantly worried about her weight or dad is verbally abusive, children see these actions and learn negative habits. A young girl believes she should lose weight as well or a small boy is terrified of his father yelling about small issues. Like little sponges, children absorb these thoughts and feelings and make them their own; sometimes blaming themselves for their parents anger, sometimes taking it out on other children at school and other times receding into a shell of what they once were.

The bond between a child and their parents is almost indescribable. When depressed, look to your children for strength, they think you are something special. Build on their admiration and create a safe, loving home environment for them. What you put into this task, you will definitely receive ten fold. As Khalil Gibran has been quoted, “You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth.”

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