Our efforts are never enough to teach our children the value of family. Sometimes the most important lessons are given the easiest way. This beautiful story will inspire you and give you ideas to create your own life learning stories:
Little paper figures
I was almost five years old when my Mom folded a paper several times and cut it. Like magic and to my surprise, a chain of paper figures unfolded when she opened her arms.
‘This represents our family, holding hands, in the same piece of paper, cut by the same scissors and growing’ she said.
‘Why holding hands?’ I asked. ‘To help and support each other, to play and to share’, she replied.
‘And why the same piece of paper?’ – ‘Because we are all alike, we do the same things, we have the same traditions, we all agree when we want to do something together, we go to the park, we eat ice cream…’
‘There are many figures though’ I said. ‘Families grow as time goes by and we’re also growing because now you’ll have two new little brothers’.
‘Wow!’ I said with my eyes wide open.
The values are essential in the family
As time passed I realized that my Mom had given me in 10 minutes, from a simple image that I never forgot, a wonderful short concept of family, coupled with values of solidarity, similarity, and growth.
All these concepts are, in fact, the values under which every child should grow. Thanks to those values, my life experience has been greatly enriched. It is necessary to practice each one of them at home, so the children could watch the adult and repeat them. Remember that the children (and some grown-ups too) learn by imitating the other ones, and actions speak louder than words.
As an adult, I repeated this story with my children and grandchildren.