Please join me in celebrating Grandparent’s Day on Sept. 11 to honor the great contributions our elders make to our families and communities.
As you know, children are remarkably perceptive. Their eyes ever observe, their ears ever listening and their minds ever processing the messages they absorb.
Their honesty can catch us off guard and strike at the target of the heart.
If they see us cultivate a happy home atmosphere, they will imitate that attitude for the rest of their lives. The wise parent realizes that every day the building blocks are being laid for the child's future.
So let’s be wise builders and role models to everyone we meet. Our children are watching. Like the adage goes: "Children occasionally do as we say ...
but invariably do as we do."
Connecting the generations through civic engagement and giving the gift of time philanthropy (my term for volunteerism) are certainly opportunities that provide all members of a community a sense of belonging and accomplishment.
I strongly advocate for policies, programs and projects which connect people across cultural and generational divides so we learn from one another and as a result build stronger bonds.
The Wooden Bowl – A parable for all ages
While my advocacy is usually expressed in public policy lingo and statistical data trends for policy-makers and the media, I find that oftentimes the most simple stories teach the most powerful lessons.
Here's a parable originally written in the early 1800s by the Brothers Grimm ... I hope you'll take a few minutes to absorb its message and discover its deeper meaning.
In a time long ago in a faraway place, a frail old man went to live with his son, daughter-in-law and 4-year-old grandson. The old man's hands trembled, his eyesight was blurred, and his step faltered.
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