If there anything is missing in our culture today it is balance. We are not good at living balanced lifestyles of rest and work, family and career, nutrition, or parenting strategies.
The recent bombing at the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester unscored again the profound level of hatred that exists in the human heart.
This past week a hornet’s nest was poked when a local website ran a short story about a brother and sister who took to the streets in Steinbach with poster board signs in hand to protest injustices they have felt from Child and Family Services.
I think people see me as a pessimist. Now, I don’t see myself as pessimist, I think I’m more of a realist.
If wonder is the foundation of all virtues, then gratitude is the mother of all virtues. You may struggle and struggle to be able to get a child to act good or responsible but if you can get them to be grateful, the rest follows.
I was fortunate to grow up on a farm with space enough to play, and toys to occupy those rare moments when my imagination failed me. Among those toys was an ancient John Deere snowmobile, of whose vintage I can no longer remember.
For a number of years our oldest boy has been one of the lucky students selected to attend WE Day celebrations in Winnipeg.
This virtue is really summed up in the word community. Community is a virtue that, when healthy, will give our kids a tremendous sense of inner security.
When I was about 9 years old I was our neighbour’s farm waiting my friend Elaine to finish supper so that we could play outside. Elaine’s house was fun – they had a teeter totter!