Not all learning and teaching is obvious. Some of the lessons we teach and learn are by observation and some we just catch. Some people claim, such as, that there is not school for parenting. This is not true.
We learn from other people how we behave or ought to. Not only that, we learn how not to behave. The history of the world and the Bible has many examples for us to learn from. Others around us are also great sources of learning.
Parents understand the value and importance of education and send their children to school. Great attention and other resources are channeled to make sure this happens. We must be careful not to overlook the importance of education beyond school and other types of ‘formal education’.
One of the most important forms of education, ever, is the one that takes place as life happens. Values to children are not just to be taught but lived before young people. When it comes to positive values, ‘education by instruction’ is useless without practical and visible examples.
Neither can we compartmentalize the places and spaces they are taught. The best way to teach positive values is in everyday life. Parents and leaders of younger people must stop undermining and overlooking the wealth of opportunities to teach and learn, in the mundane.
Place these words on your hearts. Get them deep inside you. Tie them on your hands and foreheads as a reminder. Teach them to your children. Talk about them wherever you are, sitting at home or walking in the street; talk about them from the time you get up in the morning until you fall into bed at night. Inscribe them on the doorposts and gates of your cities so that you’ll live a long time, and your children with you, on the soil that God promised to give your ancestors for as long as there is a sky over the Earth. ~ Deuteronomy 11:18-21
All these lessons cannot and never will happen until we, leading younger people or parenting them, get involved. A lack of involvement in the daily affairs of the lives of our children and young people robs us of opportunities to impact them positively. It robs us and our children the opportunity of seeing what values that are talked about looked like lived.
When we take advantage of everyday life to teach our children, we remind them that they matter. They are also taught that things that matter, like positive values, are important enough to make a fuss about them. A reason values fall away is that they stop being emphasized. And the best place and space to do this is in everyday life.