Hard times come to everyone, children and adults. We cannot shelter our children from hard times. But we can guard them from harm. Hard times do not harm a child, but rather give them an opportunity to build character. Entering a hard time with the right attitude can cause a person to grow deeper in character.
As I talked about last week in my post “Big Imagination,” I experienced hard times as a child. These hard times helped me grow. Children have a natural instinct to take hard things and turn them into a positive experience. As long as adults or older children don’t tell them that they should be hurt and angry they should remain positive.
I am reminded of a baby bird inside of an egg. If you observe it hatching you may want to intervene to help. You will see that it works for a while and then stops exhausted. Then in begins again, until it eventually emerges from the shell. If you intervene and help it break out of it’s shell, chances are that it will die because it is too weak. It is the same with children. They must be allowed to work through tough times with a positive attitude so they can become stronger.
Children who have been given everything they want become unruly. Could it be these pampered children are weak because they have not faced a hard time? Have they had a bad attitude cultivated in them by being given only what they want and not what they need? Has this attitude led to manipulation by tantrum throwing?
Children with a good attitude experience adversity and go on to something else. Their imaginations carry them to another level of growth and character. They learn how to be innovative in their thinking to make the bad times feel better and to make it through. They come out of life victoriously instead of becoming a victim who needs constant attention.
Has our society brought up a generation of victorious children or a generation of victims? I think we have done both. This new generation of parents needs help to train up their children to be victorious. Our society needs victorious children with innovative minds to make it through the hard times our country and the world are facing.
Will you help this generation to become victorious? Even if you are not a parent with small children you can help. It takes a community to raise a child. Encourage young parents and their children with a positive attitude. Let them know how you endured hard times. Find a way in your community to reach a child.
Enjoy your week. I’ll be back next week with more.