“A Grandfather is someone with silver in his hair and gold in his heart!” Unknown
They say it takes a village to raise a child. Well, it takes a great deal of responsibility and a strong community with good values, habits and commitment to rear a child to be confident, tolerant, respectful, independent and successful. Growing up, we absorb our family’s and communities ethics, and they become our role models. We pass these enlightened values along to our children with the expectation that they too will be inspired to live a loving, happy and prosperous lives.
Having a good relationship with our family and people, in general, will keep us balanced and grounded. Encouragement, insight, guidance and advice can be gleaned from our parents, family members, teachers, church leaders, friends, co-workers, or even perfect strangers if we are open-hearted with a willingness to learn and listen. Everyone has a valuable lesson to teach us and Chicken Soup for the Soul know this. They recently released Raising Great Kids.
This book is filled with stories that provide practical, insightful tips for parents and grandparents looking to strengthen their family bonds and pass along their values from generation to generation.
As I read through the stories, I was impressed with strangers helping strangers. Bus Stop Blessings shared a story of a woman driving to the mall and noticed a gal just missed her bus. Distraught, she sat sobbing on the bench. The driver decided to stop and help out the young women and learned from her that her young son was in the hospital, her car battery was dead, and now she missed the bus. The driver gave the young woman a lift to the hospital and said her brother would help out with her battery. The driver went home and connected with her Bible study group, and they donated clothes, food, and money to help this young single mother out. The brother went over to help get the car started, and sparks flew between him and the single mom. Now they are married and have a loving family. Wow, what a charming story. All because the driver decided to help out a stranger.
I also enjoy reading how a simple Thank You Note can have a big impact on a person’s life. Or how to be uninhibited by popular belief in the Purple Principles. I love Chicken Soup for the Soul books, and this one will be stay on my bookshelf for my family to enjoy.