“Ken, that subtitle for this column, ‘Speaking Truth to Power….,’ a reader might begin their feed-back to me, “…can’t possibly mean that you are about to tell me that I can, or even must, teach my children to ‘Speak truth to power.’”
The theme of “Stories for Families” today is again teaching our children about knowing the truth. It is the kind of story that will teach its truth best if it is discussed by adults and children together.
When the topic is “Truth,” the number of sub-topics is legion. This week’s story continues last weeks sub-theme as, with the help of Fred the Fat Frog we help our children think about the importance of evidence when they are trying to decide what is true.
Awhile back I wrote a story, “A Fat Frog Named Fred,” in order to teach some children about how we decide what is true. We live in a culture where lying has become a culture destroying fact of life.
One thing we have payed attention to recently with our kids is being able to experience more than one conflicting emotion at the same time. Feeling happy about something can also have feelings of sadness intertwined with it for it’s own reasons as well. Acknowledging all of the feelings is important.
How will we teach our children that joy and sadness are parts of the same experience, the experience of being alive? Do we talk about sorrow as often as we talk about joy?
The most oft repeated phrase in God Is Just Love is the job description of everyone who loves children; to help them, “…to find hope and to be love.” But, what does that look like?
Matt just sent me a couple of stories. Let me share a portion of one with you that has already blessed me and could help all of us to courageously and lovingly face the next losses of our lives, and help us to teach our children.
Much religion has taught us a human-centered (anthropocentric) view of the world. That is, the creation is all about us, for us, for our use and abuse; however we see fit. This is dangerous, if not suicidal, nonsense and madness.
Children around the world benefit from stories of Just Love. They provide inspiration for conversations with caregivers that counter the negative inputs that blast their minds on a daily basis.