Teach Your Children Well - “Tools for Vigilence” Edition

Brigid, at Home on the Range, has a wonderful essay up titled Tools for Vigilence - What My Parents Taught Me, which, as I read through it, made me think that my parents would have gotten along, quite well, with her parents, as the similarity of the lessons Brigid was taught, while growing up, appeared to be much the same lessons I was taught.  Well, except that when my Mum washed my mouth out with soap, for swearing, it was not washed out with so mild a bar soap as Ivory, but rather with a golden bar of Dial soap, authoritatively scraped for accumulative effect.  From Brigid’s essay.

You can say all you want about what our youth are exposed to, violent video games, bloodshed, sex and violence on TV. But I truly believe that as children, what moral imperatives initially form in us are in response to parenting, not society or entertainment…

We were children, but we knew there was a moral code to this world and that the world as well, did not revolve around our every need and happiness. It was how our parents were raised, and how we were raised. Our parents clothed us, loved us, praised us and punished us, not without thought and not with unwarranted decree, but in a manner firm enough it definitely got our attention.

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