What do you teach your children about life?

Do you have a Hero? What is it that you admire about your Hero? I have been trying to find a role model for my children. It is not easy …! What are the virtues of a role model? Do they have any vices?
Yes … they must have some vice in them ,,, I mean even Jesus lost his temper and threw the moneylenders out of the Temple; Lord Buddha  lived the life of Reilly before he disobeyed his father, witnessed real life, embraced temperance and renounced desires.

Aquinas’ Cardinal Virtues ring a bell with me, they describe real models of behaviour for good people:

  • Prudence
  • Temperance
  • Courage
  • Justice

A quick flick through Google on Aquinas and Temperance described models for behaviour that seemed real and achievable. Of course, there will be shortfalls and lapses … the idea is that we recognise this and get up and re-direct ourselves, with  these virtuous beacons.
Why don’t they teach them in schools? They are surely universally recognised as conduct which would maintain harmonious, productive societies?

This is something real which politicians and role models should give to all of us! Spread the word! Shake the trees!
Help our children choose the best way of Life!

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Author: manqindi

Post imperial wind drift. Swazi, British, Zimbabwe-Rhodesian, Irish, New Zealand citizen and resident, now in Queensland, Australia. 10th generation African of mainly European descent. Catholic upbringing, more free thinker now. BA and Law background. Altar boy, wages clerk, uncle, prefect, student, court clerk, prosecutor, magistrate, convoy escort, pensioner, HR Practitioner, husband, stepfather, father, bull terrier lover, telephone interviewer, Call Centre manager, HR manager, stepgrandfather, author

5 thoughts on “What do you teach your children about life?”

  1. Why does your child have to have a role model? Does that not make them walk in the shadow of someone else?
    Your child/ren will pick its/their own heroes.
    What you have to do is try to teach them values and independance, give them love and security and the rest will come naturally.

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      1. You look for a perfection that does not exist.
        The only thing to do is to teach your children the best you can, values, inependance and a sense of worth, as I said before. You are the guide and the teacher, they are put in your care so that you can do the best you can, the rest is up to them.

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