Parents love their children and want the best for them; our children become who we train them to be. The wise quote below by an unknown Cherokee Indian says many things to parenting of children and the future of our communities.
The Battle Inside of Us – A Quote by Cherokee Indian
One evening an elderly Cherokee told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside people. He said, “My son, the battle is between 2 “wolves” inside us all.
One is Evil. It is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.
The other is Good. It is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith.”
The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather: “Which wolf wins?”
The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.”
An affiliate of Starts at Home Leonard Mukai, Ph.D, has an excellent online program called No Parenting Problems. He and his wife Cecilia Mukai, Ph.D are giving this 30 day video presentation FREE to encourage and help parents; he believes parenting “Starts at Home” and is sharing his program. Speaking to Leonard, his most distant viewer comes from Russia who found his lessons simple and effective. Each video is about one minute. Here’s a link to one (1) of thirty (30) FREE videos.
You know how difficult it is to teach a child and sometimes when we say “no”, all hell breaks loose …. the crying, the pouting, the tantrum and tirades. This video teaches us one way how to say “No” the right way. It’s a pretty simple and cool technique; enjoy this one minute video.
Last month on their way to the airport, Amy said to our granddaughter Andee, “Grandma is going home to the Big Island”. A few times since then, Andee has mentioned to her mother Kimberly, “gamma big island”. Much to both Amy and Kimberly’s surprise, Andee started using the words “Big Island” after hearing them only once. Amy knows she had said “Big Island” to Andee only once during her stay in Honolulu; Kimberly never mentioned big island before. Wow, kids at the age of two learn at tremendous speeds, a time period in early childhood I refer to as the “Planting Twos”. What we say, do, and teach during this period will greatly impact their personalities, intelligence, and social life.
The “Planting Twos” is a wonderful time before preschool to teach about God, social morals, health and wellness, reading, music, science, mathematics, sports, obedience, kindness, sharing, caring for others, chores and rewards. The Planting Twos are the golden teaching years in early childhood development.
These wonderful years are academically described by Barbara Rogoff, in her book The Apprenticeship of Thinking: Cognitive Development in Social Context. The book is about guided participation by children and their companions. Barbara Rogoff is UC Santa Cruz Foundation Distinguished Professor of Psychology. Barbara Rogoff has held the University of California Presidential Chair and has been a Fellow of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, a Kellogg Fellow, a Spencer Fellow, and an Osher Fellow of the Exploratorium.
*Fee waiver includes: entrance fees, commercial tour fees, and transportation entrance fees. Other fees such as reservation, camping, tours, concession and fees collected by third parties are not included unless stated otherwise. Free offers may change, please visit the National Parks for details.
If you’re in Hawaii, visit the probably the most active Volcano in the world – Kilauea Volcano, part the the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. The hot thing to do is visit a live lava flow. It’s the coooolest thing you can do.