Leadership Thoughts

29
Sep

What Our Children Really Learn From Us

Children are educated by what the grown-up is and not by his talk. ~ Carl Jung

This weekend I found myself stuck in traffic listening to a live broadcast of a symposium on issues affecting the youth in our central cities.  The moderators were inviting elected officials, church leaders, teachers, youth, and many others to the microphone to express their concerns.  There had to have been at least 50 opinions and views shared in 45 minutes.  Suddenly I found myself thinking about all the workshops, symposiums, and luncheons I had attended over the past year and made a concerning discovery; all we ever do is talk!  We are all guilty of having attended an event promoted as a learning opportunity only to be left wondering if we were any wiser for having participated.  If we’re honest with ourselves, most times we leave these events having no better sense of what we were supposed to do next. I can’t help but wonder if our children would be better served if we gathered at these symposiums and put on behavioral demonstrations and left the talking out of it.

There had to have been at least 50 opinions and views shared in 45 minutes.  Suddenly I found myself thinking about all the workshops, symposiums, and luncheons I had attended over the past year and made a concerning discovery; all we ever do is talk!  We are all guilty of having attended an event promoted as a learning opportunity only to be left wondering if we were any wiser for having participated.  If we’re honest with ourselves, most times we leave these events having no better sense of what we were supposed to do next. I can’t help but wonder if our children would be better served if we gathered at these symposiums and put on behavioral demonstrations and left the talking out of it.

If we’re honest with ourselves, most times we leave these events having no better sense of what we were supposed to do next. I can’t help but wonder if our children would be better served if we gathered at these symposiums and put on behavioral demonstrations and left the talking out of it.

My challenge to you this week is journal the top five things you believe your behavior teaches our children.  Since sharing your list is optional, there is no need to stroke your own ego.  My kids pick up their toys right before bedtime ignoring the fact that I’ve been stepping on them all day.  Regardless of how many times I request they clean up after themselves, I’m sure the sight of their dad’s dishes in the living room has influenced their behavior.  There is no need for a workshop or a symposium to help me figure this one out.  Carl Jung already sums up all I need to know.

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