There is an old English saying, ‘Charity begins at home.’ The truth of this saying is well borne out in the way we bring up our kids. Children, that way, are the biggest imitators. You might teach them a hundred things, but they follow and learn the best. This is perhaps why it is important
Humanity is Huge. We have an incomprehensible impact on so much of the world, from it’s inhabitants, the environments, and each other. It important, especially in these times, that we make conscious efforts. At times it is overwhelming, ‘What power do I have?’ Sweeping environmental change, poverty and prosperity, all seem too large a problem for any individual to tackle.
But we parents have the greatest power of all, right in our hands. We have the Future. In our children, we are raising the next generation of leaders, teachers, business owners, doctors, farmers, activists. When we consciously raise our children to be good, to be better than us, we are working to better the future.
Look around at some of the people we know. The kids stuck indoors, focusing on virtual lives. The people working their 9-5’s in their ‘safety’ careers, having given up on their world changing dreams. The world shrinks, people becoming more connected, and yet, some are still so alone or cut off. Focusing all their attention inward and shunning the larger community.
These people aren’t bad, they aren’t lazy. They lack purpose.
Having purpose means many things to many different people, and we by no means wish to pitch our values, our purpose as the only kind. For some that may be raising their children right while others look to having successful and fulfilling careers. Our purpose is to bring more Good into the world. This has never been more important than now. The world our children are inheriting is full of troubles. While we work to fix them in the now, our children should also be prepared to help fix it then. That is what Parents for Purpose is all about. We want to empower ourselves and each other with the ability create, inspire, encourage, and cultivate Good. How do we do that? Practicing what we preach, sure but also expanding our horizons as people, as families. Working together for each other. So how do we do it? How do we work separately and yet together to spread Good and give our children, our families Purpose? Consciously. There are things each family, each parent can do individually that when taken together as a collective whole will mean better things for the future.
We͛re not talking about going off the grid, subsistence living, communism or going entirely vegan. You can do those things if you want, absolutely, but there is a wider range of possibilities. There is an entire philosophical argument about Good to be had but simply put, in our way of thinking, Good is the benefit of many. Leaving the world better than we found it, or at least in better hands
To provide families and parents specifically with the tools to generate Good. To inspire others to work for a greater cause than ourselves. To build leaders, create kindness, and concentrate consciousness into proactive forces. Educate, support, and help our fellow humans, of this generation and the next.
Some Examples of
✔ Encouraging recycling
✔ Volunteering as a family
✔ Growing a home garden
✔ Becoming active in your own community
✔ Supporting your child͛s interest in animals
✔ Child and Teen activism
✔ Teaching and encouraging concepts of community, citizenship, and the wide world.
✔ Actively getting involved in your child͛s education
All of these may seem obvious, everyone looks to make sure their child is doing well in school, recycling is standard across much of the U.S. (where we are located), these are common aren͛t they? Well if you are already practicing these then good! Your own your path to having an intelligent child, a family that tries to limit its environmental impact. Now is the time to build upon this foundation.
Now is the time to consciously go further. If your child loves animals, find ways to get them involved further with the real ones! Visit farms, volunteer at vet clinics or shelters. Teach them about conservation. Get them involved in their communities through charity walks or volunteer work. If there is a topic your son or daughter inexplicably expresses interest in see if there is a way they can interact with that. Encourage activism in their beliefs.
This isn͛t to suggest a child͛s life become serious and bogged down by ͚work͛ and less ͚play.͛Simply encouraging them in these ways can see them finding their own purpose. Once you͛ve done that the goal is to nourish it.
As a family you can start with volunteer and charity work, as your child matures into their teenage years help them find those causes they care about and allow them the means to fuel that drive. With any luck you will have a conscious family for many long years and take joy in the immense good a lifetime of such care can do.
Children always seem to surprise us with their capacity for good and caring. You hear about kids donating their birthdays to shelters, making sandwiches for the needy. Now what if we really nourished that? Just what kind of children/people could the world be full of? That starts with us, the Parents for Purpose.
Children are a powerhouse of energy and talent. They are sensitive, committed and can be very steadfast in their goals. That is the reason when children take up a task; they always manage to achieve the best results. This is perhaps where the concept of child activism came into being. It reminds me of an
Active parenting teens is essential. This is a particularly useful approach for problems like technology addiction. According to recent studies, almost 50% of teenagers have technology addiction issues. From watching TV to texting friends and researching on the internet, their daily schedule is dependent on technology. While some of it is important, too much of