# 5 Socialize With Some Old Folks
One of the several types of people the Bible tells us to honor is the aged. Leviticus 19:32 says, “Thou shalt rise up before the hoary head, and honour the face of the old man, and fear thy God: I am the LORD.”
In the same verse, we’re admonished to fear God and to honor old men. Now there’s an idea that doesn’t get a lot of press these days. All our advertising, all our values it seems, reflect the desirability of looking, acting and thinking young. We’re so afraid of the idea of growing old that some of us have forgotten the necessity of growing up. Continue reading What About Socialization?~Part 5
Social Learning Begins at Home
One of the social maladies that is killing our culture is age segregation. School and related activities—deemed so necessary for a “well-rounded education”—separate kids by age, effectively separating them not only from their parents but their siblings too, for the bulk of their waking hours. Then the church, with its age-graded classes and activities adds to the isolation. We don’t really go to church together any more. That old institution called family time has just about withered into oblivion in America.
Continue reading What About Socialization?~Part 4
# 3- The Need is Everywhere
Once you decide that you’re going to teach your children to serve by example, you won’t have to look far for needs to meet. The Bible gives us specific types of people to look for: the old, the sick, the stranger, the poor, the prisoner. There are probably plenty of them in your neighborhood. Continue reading What About Socialization?~Part 3
#2- The Key to Relationships
Do you want your kids to successfully relate to others? Do you want them to have lots of friends, and worthy friends at that? It’s not rocket science. The key is teaching them to be servants.
The average kid builds his social circle based on selfish values. Who I enjoy being with. Who is popular, so I can be popular too. Who has a cool car or a backyard pool. Whose parents are the most lenient—I can have fun at his house.
Show—don’t just tell—your children how to make the right kind of friends by serving others. Take them to visit elderly people or someone who is sick. Help them to write letters to those who are lonely or recently bereaved. Encourage them to befriend someone who doesn’t have a lot of friends, rather than the popular kids.
The best friends are those who will stick with you when you need them. The best way to make such friends is to be there when they need you. Teach your children.
#1 Fitting In
Good grief! Will we never stop hearing the tired old challenge: “What about socialization?” Continue reading What About Socialization? ~Part 1