But it is.
We are responsible for the future, and that future is in our kids. And they are just that - OUR kids.
I often confuse people. Well, aside from the usual, I confuse them when I talk about "my kids". I have gotten into the habit of calling my students "my kids", because they are indeed my kids. I have kids to this day, who call me Mom. And that is just how it is. So, when you hear me talk about my kids and it doesn't make sense, ask me which ones. I have tried to get in the habit of saying, "my kids at school" but sometimes the idea comes out before the clarification.
This is also why I get up on my soap box about the infant mortality crisis we have here in Milwaukee. They are OUR kids. Not their kids. We need to work with the families in our communities to do what is right by OUR kids. Keeping the safe, making sure they are fed and making sure that they are all appropriately educated. That is OUR job. These are the kids who will be OUR doctors, OUR lawyers, OUR leaders. And if we lead by example - one of kindness, compassion as well as logical and thoughtful - they will learn develop those traits.
They are ALL our kids.
One of the classes we teach in my department is Morality. Probably my favorite class to teach, aside from my history class. I know that we are a Catholic institution and I not necessarily focusing on morality pertaining to SIN per se, but what makes a GOOD person. Just imagine if it was something that was focused on in every home, with every family and every child. Kindness, compassion, humility, patience, justice, charity, honesty...just think. Our kids emulate what they see. If our superstars did what was right because they should, instead of whatever they want - to the point of excess, because they can, imagine how our kids would react.
|Our Guidance counselor Mark, used one of these YEARS ago when we were discussing this idea.|
Makes me miss Grand Avenue...