What are you teaching your children?

What are you teaching your children? Pause for Thought by Lynne Bode

Proverbs 22:6; “Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.”

The other day I was watching TV and a commercial came on. It was an advertisement for a type of cereal where two children find their dad in a car enjoying a bowl of this product. The children quiz their father to which his replies range from excuses to outright lies. Most of the advertisements for this cereal promote this type of behavior, and they expect people to laugh and think good thoughts. This made me think about how we are raising our children today.

Our loudest form of communication to our children is our actions. If we expect our children to tell the truth, we need to make sure our actions are honest … not just our words. When we say we are going to do something, we need to do it.

One of my downfalls is being on time. If I say I will be there at 1:00 and I am not there until 1:10 then my word loses its credibility. The young ones pick up on this right away.

How about the way we treat people? A week-ago Wednesday was anti-bullying day and we tell our children to be nice, to stick up for the underdog, etc. What about the way we treat the driver in front of us that is going too slow by our standards? What expressions do we use then?

What about the jokes that we laugh at or the programs we watch on TV?

Do they promote loving one another?

Do we criticize how people dress or smell or think?

So many times I think we have a double standard. One standard for our kids and how we think they should be and one standard for us. In working in the restaurant industry I have seen many examples of this. We, as adults want our coffee right away, but our kids need to wait, (and patiently, I might add) for their drinks. We, as adults can order people around, but our children need to say please and thank you. You get the picture, I am sure.

It is our responsibility as parents to teach and train our children. We should not leave it up to the system or the schools or the neighbors or the relatives. No one is perfect, but we can do our best and generally our children will reflect that.

God bless you and help you to raise your children.

By Lynne Bode,

Christian Life

Assembly, Barriere, B.C.



Just Posted

File photo
BREAKING: Fuel tanker fire closes Highway 24

Emergency crews are on scene on Highway 24 at Cartwright Road.

Residents line up outside the Vernon Recreation Complex for their COVID-19 vaccine Saturday, June 5. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
No appointments necessary for first dose COVID-19 vaccine: Interior Health

People can just show up at clinics, register on the spot and get the shot

(TNRD Library)
Let the mystery of the Summer Reading Club begin

Are you ready to ‘Crack the Case’ at the Barriere Library?

(Metro Creative photo)
Gardeners of all ages invited to enter 2021 NT Fall Fair contests

The North Thompson Fall Fair Drive Thru scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 4,… Continue reading

Milsom Lodge was built in the East Barriere Valley when the Milsom brothers purchased two parcels of land in 1911, DL 2323 and DL2324. (Milsom’s photo)
The Milsom Lodge: The mansion, the ballroom, the history

“At the turn of the century, when so many families were leaving… Continue reading

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau participates in a plenary session at the G7 Summit in Carbis Bay, England on Friday June 11, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Canada donating 13M surplus COVID-19 vaccine doses to poor countries

Trudeau says the government will pay for 87 million shots to be distributed to poor countries

Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller is seen during a news conference, Wednesday May 19, 2021 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Indigenous child-welfare battle heads to court despite calls for Ottawa to drop cases

Feds are poised to argue against two Canadian Human Rights Tribunal rulings

The Great Ogopogo Bathtub Race has been held in Summerland as a fundraising event. Do you know which Canadian city introduced this sport? (Black Press file photo)
QUIZ: A summer’s day at the water

How much do you know about boats, lakes and water?

Two-year-old Ivy McLeod laughs while playing with Lucky the puppy outside their Chilliwack home on Thursday, June 10, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
VIDEO: B.C. family finds ‘perfect’ puppy with limb difference for 2-year-old Ivy

Ivy has special bond with Lucky the puppy who was also born with limb difference

A million-dollar ticket was sold to an individual in Vernon from the Lotto Max draw Friday, June 11, 2021. (Photo courtesy of BCLC)
Lottery ticket worth $1 million sold in Vernon

One lucky individual holds one of 20 tickets worth $1 million from Friday’s Lotto Max draw

“65 years, I’ve carried the stories in my mind and live it every day,” says Jack Kruger. (Athena Bonneau)
‘Maybe this time they will listen’: Survivor shares stories from B.C. residential school

Jack Kruger, living in Syilx territory, wasn’t surprised by news of 215 children’s remains found on the grounds of the former Kamloops Indian Residential School

A logging truck carries its load down the Elaho Valley near in Squamish, B.C. in this file photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chuck Stoody
Squamish Nation calls for old-growth logging moratorium in its territory

The nation says 44% of old-growth forests in its 6,900-square kilometre territory are protected while the rest remain at risk

Flowers and cards are left at a makeshift memorial at a monument outside the former Kamloops Indian Residential School to honour the 215 children whose remains are believed to have been discovered buried near the city in Kamloops, B.C., on Monday, May 31, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
‘Pick a Sunday:’ Indigenous leaders ask Catholics to stay home, push for apology

Indigenous leaders are calling on Catholics to stand in solidarity with residential school survivors by not attending church services

Most Read