Sunday was Holocaust Memorial Day, on which we remembered the millions of people murdered by the Nazis, and in the genocides since in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur.
Most of us know about this and spare a thought every now and then. What a horrendous thing to happen…
How different is the world today? Could this happen again in Europe??
I do wonder at times and it makes me sad to think how narrow minded and easily persuaded us humans are. Some more than others but generally most of us can get convinced of something that feels wrong to start with.
How can this be avoided? What do we need to stay strong in our beliefs and remain decent, caring human beings?
One thing I know is that parents have a massive influence on their children whether they like it or not. The way we bring our children up, show and teach them our values that influences them immensely.
By being role models, showing rather than saying, we teach our kids right from wrong.
This does not stop just because they become teenagers and don’t want to listen. It’s our job and responsibility to continue to be present and pay attention to what are children are doing, who they hang out with and who they ‘meet’ online.
Be a parent, not a friend.
Set boundaries and enforce them.
Be empathic to their problems.
Support the kids and listen without judging.
Again, be a ROLE MODEL.
We can if we try, and they are worth it!