Some "experts" were on the Dr. Oz Show the other day discussing what should be done to curb childhood obesity in our country. One doctor/administrator said, "There are only two things that change behavior: money and fear."
I wanted to laugh out loud at the entire scene of ignorance and short-sightedness that was being displayed by all involved: the host, "the experts", the guests,and the audience. It was truly the blind leading the blind. But I couldn't bring myself to laugh, because it was all just too heartbreaking.
The good doctor seems to have forgotten about the strongest, most effective motivation for change, which is L-O-V-E. To be fair, they all had the best of intentions. I also realize that government institutions cannot say "Love is the answer." They are expected instead to regulate and enforce.
But today, I am sure glad that there are still good human beings out there that understand that LOVE is the greatest force on earth.
I sent my two oldest children to preschool this year. It was a big first step for me as I transition into a new realm of Motherhood--a Mom of school-aged children! All of the teachers have been amazing! But Scarlett's teacher has really shown an outstanding example of loving those she teaches. Actually, both of her teachers have had a big impact on my little girl.
From day one, she has simply glowed with love for each one of her students. They could feel it. I could feel it...and now, nine months later, I can see the results of her love: a well-adjusted, well-rounded, happy little girl, who loves to learn, and who feels ready to experience her world.
And to think, I almost didn't send her to preschool this year.
My friend Sue said this recently in a post about parenting,"A well-loved child is likely to become the person he or she was meant to be...a son or daughter of God who acts the part."
I am so thankful to the good teachers who have helped my son and daughter this year to discover who they are and to act well their part.
What a blessing!