The illusion of abundance and the convenience brought by the fast evolution of industrial science, wraps us in a bubble of comfort, sidelining environmental protection.
Now, recognizing an intergenerational responsibility, we need to raise a new generation who has a habit of taking and consuming only what is needed.
To guide you in raising children with good hearts, you can practice these principles at home:
Sapat na ang pagkasira ng kalikasan
“Enough of the destruction of the environment”
The dangerous environmental dilemma of the modern world stems from the unwise, unethical and wasteful human activities. With 75% of the Earth’s land in degradation, life forms may continue to be extinct, and land resources persist in turning into barren dirty landforms.
As parents, it is a serious duty to teach the children to be stewards of nature. They should guide their children to understand their significant role in the fight against the Earth’s total destruction.
You can make activities involving environmental immersions, participating in community events and empowering them that they may realize their capabilities of making great changes.
Sapat lamang ang dapat kunin mula sa kalikasan
“Take from nature only that which is enough”
The emergence of neoliberalism breeds the height of resource exploitation, causing various significant environmental problems plaguing our society. The natives were driven out from their homes; animals found with no habitats; and nothing to keep us safe from forceful calamities.
We endure the effects of our exploitative acts and decisions, and our children will continue to suffer. The younger ones need to learn the virtues of taking from nature only that which is enough.
Among the many things you can teach is to live simply and consider the alternative way of doing things.
Sapat lamang ang dapat kainin at bilhin
“Eat and buy only what is enough and needed”
Gluttony describes the bad habit of eating more than necessary. Unknowingly, this moniker also extends to the consumerist behavior towards worldly possessions.
Children develop tendencies to be gluttons for food or things when they are either not taught control or when it’s used to control them. Naturally, parental love manifests in their children’s happiness. And oftentimes giving material gifts is the love language.
Some parents, on the other hand, discipline children by ‘giving’ when they do something good and ‘taking’ when doing something bad. The material possessions are given too much value and emphasis.
What parents can do is to spend more time with their children, limit their spending, and redefine happiness. It might also be good to push them to share, donate and volunteer for a cause that they are passionate about.
Sapat dapat mayroon ang bawat isa sa kaniyang mga pangangailangan upang mabuhay nang malusog at may dangal
“Each person must have enough to sustain a healthful and dignified life”
Each person, by virtue of his or her being human, deserves to live a dignified life. Each of us works hard to bring food to the table, to be clad in clean clothes to be warm in our homes.
But, there are those among us who are unfortunate in life. Some live on the scrapes of the necessities and sometimes barely had anything.
We cannot provide for every one of them, nor continue to give dole outs. However, we can do something to help them sustain themselves.
You, as parents, can encourage your children to share their resources, be it financial, knowledge or skills to teach the poor, other children and the marginalized to make a living for them and their family.
Your duty as a parent doesn’t end in putting appetizing and healthy food on the table nor in dressing your children in fine clothes. A vital role parents have to take on is feeding their souls and rearing them into valuable members of the community. You can begin by teaching them the value of contentment, taking and using what is just and enough.
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