We Gotta Love Kindergarten!
There's a popular poem by Robert Fulghum called "Everything I Need to Know, I Learned in Kindergarten" that reminds us how important our formative years are - and how much we absorb by the time we reach school age. (Check it out if you've never read it.) It speaks of sharing, and being kind to others, and living a balanced life, and apologizing, and even being curious by the wonder of this world, and much more.
We, at Divine Beginnings, wholeheartedly agree with the virtues expressed in this poem. (But they are not all-inclusive!) So, to take it a step further ... as Christian parents we must build on what our children learn in kindergarten - and teach them the additional virtues found in the Holy Bible. Kindergarten is a great foundation, but it's God's expectation that we proactively "train up" our children as they make their way through this journey called life! We must teach them, show them, praise them, guide them, nurture them, listen to them, watch them, play with them (they grow up fast!), forgive them - and above all - love them unconditionally. They will make mistakes in life (as do we all!) But in doing so, they will grow. And so will we! So whether you're a parent, grandparent, godparent, foster parent, step-parent, aunt, uncle, mentor, neighbor, teacher, day care provider, Sunday School teacher, etc. - remember back to the life lessons you learned in kindergarten - and the lessons God teaches us in His word. Collectively, our influences on the children in our lives will have a lasting effect on the adults they ultimately become. They are our future.
Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6