Growing Good PeopleWritten by Dr. Randy Wysong
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So yes, home, family and parents are responsible for development of children. On other hand, there is a lot of nature involved too. Any parent raising a child into adulthood will see that child at 40 is pretty much identical to child in earliest infancy. So don't be too quick to blame yourself for a child gone bad. Don't spend your fortune in therapy either, whining about how your parents didn't love you. We can lose important neural connections in childhood but once you realize who you are – very early in childhood – ball is ultimately in your court. There are people with essentially no brain in their skull (compressed to a thin membrane from hydrocephalus) who excel intellectually and ethically. So, as an adult, buck up, take responsibility for yourself and make good use of neural connections remaining. That's in your court. You are not a victim.
But present circumstances for children are a peculiar situation with no historical precedent. There is no solution other than for adults to not be distracted by veneer of civilization, its glamour of modernity, and its amoral and libertine pressures. Even though we are left with 1% of our mental potential, we can make a lot of good use of that. It means reaching inside for goodness that is there in our hearts and extending that to our fellow humans. It means not following conscience of others but learning what is already within and being true to it. Children don't need money, videos, signature shoes and pressure for grades and sports performance. The inner needs of children don't care about being raised in a pigpen so long as there is love. If that critical emotional relationship is not there, children will seek it in peers, including perverted, money grubbing, media models. Then we have ethically blind (other children, brainless idols and profiteering media) leading our blind children. This is proper incubator for adults of future? What then, particularly when everyone has been indoctrinated into thinking they are victims and any failure in life is fault of somebody else? What a formula for collapse of society!
The answer is that greatest of all intelligences, love. That is not a platitude. Love requires an expansive and wise mind. Even with puny 1% of our brain that we use, capacity for love is infinite. In end, what else really matters anyway? In process, by being a person of goodness and reaching out in this way to others, we become perfect model for development of a loving and well-adjusted child. And hardly a word needs to be spoken in process.
Dr. Wysong is author of seven books on health, nutrition, philosophy and origin of life. He is director of the non-profit Wysong Instute and author of the Wysong e-Health Newsletter (free on-line) now in its 18th year of continuous publication. http://www.wysong.net.
12 Things You Can Learn From A Two-Year OldWritten by Nancy Hill
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8. Run, jump, skip, play. Move your body because it's so much fun and it feels good. Be amazed at all incredible physical things your body can do.
9. Wear clothes that are comfy and that make you feel good.
10. Appreciate people around you for who they are rather than for how they look.
11. Hang out with fun, friendly people and stay away from mean, critical ones.
12. Feel great about yourself because, well, why wouldn't you?
If you don't have a two-year old around right now, seek one out and watch them for a day. Their simple enjoyment of life, and their absolute respect for their own bodies is something to aspire to.
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