How shall we teach our children?
What seeds can best be sown
Within their fertile little minds
To guide them till they’re grown?
We can quote the Ten Commandments
And tell them to be good…
Obey and love thy parents
Because it’s right they should.
We can tell them not to lie or cheat…
That stealing is a sin,
Fighting isn’t civilized
No matter who may win.
We can hope they won’t be prejudiced
Toward any race or creed
And never turn
On any fellowman in need.
We can pray they will be strong enough
To keep their standards high…
Not relax their principles
Or let their morals die.
But even as we do our best
To teach them all these things
Are we aware the rich rewards
A good example brings?
Let’s not forget it’s how we act
And how we live each day
That will be rooted in their minds
Much more than what we say:
By Alice E. Chase