David and his grandfather or “Opa” in Bruch work on an airplane puzzle made out of wooden pieces of various sizes; it’s important that young children receive quality attention from as many adult role models as possible, in order to give them a proper sense of balance and perspective in life.
David, with “sheep” tucked securely under his left arm, and his cousin exchange glances while preparing to enjoy an Easter Sunday meal – children learn quickly to model the behavior of the adults around them…for better or for worse.
David and his cousin play on the floor with David’s toy truck; the promise of Easter directly relates to the love and security that children should feel as they grow up, because in Christ we have that love and security from Jesus in a more perfect way for eternity.
The job of raising children to become successful adults isn’t the responsibility of schools, technology or society; but first and foremost it’s the responsibility of parents to create an environment at home where children can begin life as rational, thinking individuals that can later accept personal responsibility for their own futures.
I think that much of who we are has essentially been formed very early on in life, and by the time we attend school the self-image that we have inside us has already been formed to the point where changing our internal perception of ourselves is difficult – but not impossible – to overcome if we need to change ourselves for the better.
One of the most important roles that any generation has is the responsibility to pass society over to the next generation – and prepare them to receive it – hopefully better prepared than ours was when it was given to us for our nurturing and safekeeping.