Teaching children respect for sacred things

respect for sacred things

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If we’re not careful, we are going to raise a generation who do not understand respect for sacred things. Recently, I was at a memorial of an event that took place on American soil where many innocent lives were lost.

I was really shocked to see several people and children behaving very inappropriately on such sacred ground. Parents were allowing their children to run and jump while laughing and screaming. Teens were busy taking “selfies” while smiling and laughing in front of monuments. Adults had their cellphones ringing with loud obnoxious ring tones.

I was thinking, “What are we thinking? How have we become so flippant about such sacred things?”

Parents, we must do better. We have got to be better examples and help our children to understand the value of life, sacrifice, loss, honor, respect, sacredness.

It starts when they are very young. It starts by the way we teach them to use hushed tones and quiet behavior when visiting sacred places. And just because a place is not sacred to us, does not mean we don’t show respect to those who do view it as sacred. That’s what respect is. It means showing that we value the feelings of others through our behavior and words.

Also recently, a young teen received thousands of “hate mail” messages after she posted a “selfie” of herself smiling in front of the ruins of a War World ll concentration camp. She had no idea that posing and smiling in front of such a horrible reminder of so much pain was inappropriate.

Once we lose sight of honoring our history, of honoring our heritage and honoring places that others view sacred or holy, then we truly will have become an uncivil society.

This must be an ongoing conversation with our children. Start by taking your children to places that represent history and beforehand, study about what took place there, so that they can try to grasp why we visit it and why it is important to remember these people and places that helped shape our world.

A society in danger of losing their way is a society that is quick to forget the past. I hope we can all make a better effort in making sure that we pass on to our children a love and admiration for sacred things and may we all be humble enough to understand the importance of it.

Monica Irvine is the creator of The Etiquette Factory, the leader in etiquette and character education. The author of four published books, Mrs. Irvine is passionate about helping families learn skills to help them reach their full potential both personally and professionally. Mrs. Irvine is a nationally acclaimed motivational speaker, speaking to thousands every year. Don’t miss the opportunity to listen to her workshop session at our upcoming conference!

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