Friday, March 23, 2012

Who is molding your Child? By Mrs. Dorothy Barron

                                     Who is molding your Child? By Mrs. Dorothy Barron   


Most of us at one time or another have handled or played with clay or play dough.   While pliable, one can shape it into various molds, but once it hardens, the changes are irreversible; should one try and change the mold after it has set, one generally succeeds only in breaking it.

Children can be likened to clay or play dough. When very young, they are impressionable; they often mimic exactly what they see and/or the person(s) with whom they spend the most time. According to some child psychologists, a child’s formative years are between birth and age six and by the age of six, the child’s character has been formed. Some children specialists have determined that such can begin while the child is within the mother’s womb. Women who are enceinte are encouraged to think positive thoughts; read; sing and talk to their unborn children.

Parents invest much time and money in planning the future of their children- jockeying for enrollment in what some view as the best schools often years in advance of the child beginning school and/or saving for the child’s college education at or before the birth of the child. Although each Parent has the prerogative to decide what he/she thinks is best for his/her child, let us not focus so far into the future that we overlook those things that are important in the here and now; today.  Parents, who is molding your child?

I viewed two television drama series for the last two seasons. One drama’s plots delve into the actions and motives of individuals and the other examines criminals’ deviant actions and mental behaviors and often link such back to the individual’s early childhood. The two-fold recurring theme is 1) the extent to which an adult’s thought process and actions mimic his/her early childhood and 2) the extent to which a child’s experiences or lack of shape and become his/her character in adulthood.

Thoughts do shape character and often the actions of an individual. Assist your child in this area by noting what they view; who and what they listen to and the amount of time they spend doing either and/or all. Remember, most do not live in the same era in which we grew up.

It would be catastrophic to invest in your child’s future only to see him/her denied such because of failure to mold and shape during his/her earlier or formative years or having allowed someone else to adversely mold your child who did not have his/her best interest at heart or in mind.  

Most, if not all want a better world, especially for our children. If, the molding and shaping of a child’s characters begin at such an early age, does it not seem logical to begin where the greatest impact can be made in an effort to obtain a better world?  We leave you with the question, who is molding your child/ren?

Mrs. Dorothy Barron, Founder

Parents Taking Charge in Education


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