Jake at Time after Time has a Sunday Post Challenge and every week he provides a theme…this week’s theme is CONCEPT, which the dictionary defines as “a guiding general principle that determines how a person behaves.
What concepts…or guiding principles…are we teaching our children?
I watched an old Andy Griffith Show last night called, “Opie’s Newspaper”.
Young Opie has trouble getting customers for the little newspaper he and his friend have published and his dad advises him to use the daily city paper as a model and write stories that will be of interest to the general public.
Looking through the city paper, Opie realizes that the stories that are of interest to the adults in his town are the ones filled with scandalous gossip…so, in his little newspaper, Opie reports all the tidbits from conversations he has overheard. Fortunately, his dad reads what he has written before many of the town’s residents get a copy and they destroy the newspapers before anyone’s feeling are hurt.
His dad asks him why he wrote such stuff. Opie replies, “When I put in the nice stories, nobody wanted to buy it.”
That episode was filmed over fifty years ago…but times certainly haven’t changed. If anything, they have gotten worse. Many people LOVE to hear juicy tidbits about famous people. It seems that hearing horrible things about ANYONE seems to be a national pastime around the world. That’s why all of those court shows and expose shows like Jerry Springer and Morey Povich are so popular!
As parents, we have to remember what the pencil maker said to the pencil before he put it in the box, “Everything you do will always leave a mark.” Our children are like a piece of blank paper…and the concepts or principles we teach will have a lasting impact on them and will determine how they behave.
As Opie’s Aunt Bea said, “If we want the boys to behave better, we’d better set them a better example.”
What example are you setting when it comes to gossip?
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