Greatest Love Of All  

duststormdiva 51F
7253 posts
7/22/2006 2:47 pm

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7/24/2006 7:44 am

Greatest Love Of All


The children of todays generation are an interesting group to say the least.

Who was it who fought for the laws to be changed about disciplining children now a days? My generation probably needs to be blamed for that. They felt degraded by getting whacked in school for breaking school rules. They were humiliated, so they didn't want that for their children, so the laws were changed.

Disciplining my child is longer left up to my discretion. I never believe in spanking my children anyway as a typical way of punishment. My two oldest children rarely been spanked. My youngest was a prisoner in the making, and I had to do something to get her straightened out. Unfortunately, I spanked her several times, only to find out that she does not respond to that type of discipline. I had to be creative. She's 9 now and thank God she is a pretty good kid.

As a school teacher I see kids every day who lack discipline in their homes. They run amuck through the town, they tell their parents to fuck off and call them bitches and mother fuckers. These are the parents who had to have the laws changed so their children could be saved from such strict discipline. Discipline that should be done at home, but had to be reinforced at schools at one time or another. Their children show them no respect.

Everyday I show my students I love them.
Everyday I show my students I am happy to see them.
Everyday I show my students that I am really interested in how they are doing.
Everyday I show my students that I care that they pass school and continue their education.
Everyday I show my students respect
Everyday I show my students that I am to be respected too.
Everyday I show my students that adults are not always yelling and putting them down.
Everyday I show my students they are worth something.

I may be the only one in their lives that shows them compassion and love. Kids who don't respect most others on the staff I work with, respect me. Why? Because they know I care.

I worry about our future. Our children ARE our future and what we teach them will have an impact on how our counrty is ran when they get older. If I can touch their lives in one positive way, I have accomplished something more valuable than any education could give them.


I believe that children are our future
Teach them well and let them lead the way
Show them all the beauty they possess inside
Give them a sense of pride to make it easier
Let the children's laughter remind us how we used to be

Everybody searching for a hero
People need someone to look up to
I never found anyone to fulfill my needs
A lonely place to be
So I learned to depend on me

I decided long ago
Never to walk in anyone's shadows
If I fail, if I succeed
At least I will live as I believe
No matter what they take from me
They can't take away my dignity

Chorus:
Because the greatest love of all
Is happening to me
I found the greatest love of all
Inside of me
The greatest love of all
Is easy to achieve
Learning to love yourself
It is the greatest love of all


I believe the children are our future
Teach them well and let them lead the way
Show them all the beauty they possess inside
Give them a sense of pride to make it easier
Let the children's laughter remind us how we used to be

And I decided long ago
Never to walk in anyone's shadows
If I fail, if I succeed
At least I will live as I believe
No matter what they take from me
They can't take away my dignity

Chorus:
Because the greatest love of all
Is happening to me
I found the greatest love of all
Inside of me
The greatest love of all
Is easy to achieve
Learning to love yourself
It is the greatest love of all


And if by chance, that special place
That you've been dreaming of
Leads you to a lonely place
Find your strength in love

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Words and Music by Michael Masser and Linda Creed



DustStormDiva



meerkittykat 42F

7/22/2006 3:12 pm

My girlfriend is a teacher...and with every story she tells, I am reminded how much I appreciate the involvement of a good teacher in a child's life.

I spent the first part of my professional life working with juvenile delinquents. Sometimes I felt like there was just too many problems and nothing that I would do mattered. All that negativity gets erased when you see a kid, earmarked for prison, earn his high school diploma.

I look into the eyes of my girlfriend's newborn baby and just want to promise him one thing---that I will do everything in my power to keep him happy, healthy, and safe. If I can do that, just impact one life, then it matters.

Great post.


duststormdiva 51F
6854 posts
7/22/2006 3:45 pm

    Quoting meerkittykat:
    My girlfriend is a teacher...and with every story she tells, I am reminded how much I appreciate the involvement of a good teacher in a child's life.

    I spent the first part of my professional life working with juvenile delinquents. Sometimes I felt like there was just too many problems and nothing that I would do mattered. All that negativity gets erased when you see a kid, earmarked for prison, earn his high school diploma.

    I look into the eyes of my girlfriend's newborn baby and just want to promise him one thing---that I will do everything in my power to keep him happy, healthy, and safe. If I can do that, just impact one life, then it matters.

    Great post.
Kids, you have to love them.

DustStormDiva


norprin5 55M

7/23/2006 12:03 pm

i was spanked as a kid...when i needed it, and usually as a last resort. i spanked my own kids less than i had been...and i found that the older they got, and the more i was able to reason with them, the less i had to resort to that... now they're 19, and pretty decent kids...

anyway, it's my belief that the lack of consistent discipline is a major contributing factor to the lack of respect that the young ones have now... some of them really need a shot with a Taser

King Nor XVIII


duststormdiva 51F
6854 posts
7/23/2006 12:56 pm

    Quoting norprin5:
    i was spanked as a kid...when i needed it, and usually as a last resort. i spanked my own kids less than i had been...and i found that the older they got, and the more i was able to reason with them, the less i had to resort to that... now they're 19, and pretty decent kids...

    anyway, it's my belief that the lack of consistent discipline is a major contributing factor to the lack of respect that the young ones have now... some of them really need a shot with a Taser
Consistancy is the answer. That is what I found out to be true with my youngest daughte. She hates it at times, but it does work to be consistant.

DustStormDiva


duststormdiva 51F
6854 posts
7/23/2006 6:32 pm

    Quoting big_n3rd:
    Amen, I was "disciplined" severely when I was young, and joined the Army at 17 to get away from it (funny thing that, joined an organization based on rules and discipline to get away from discipline). Now that I have kids of my own, I see them thrive on consistency, discipline (no, nowhere near the kind of "discipline" I got), and just plain showing interest in them. I watch my ex's son every other weekend, all I can do to try and keep a positive influence in his life. He gets no discipline or structure at home, but knows in my house it's my rules. Lately he's taken to telling me how he wants to live with me, strange considering in his house he's the king, gets and does whatever he wants. Oops, I'm rambling, when my point is THANK YOU for teachers such as yourself who help mold the future.

    grey
He wants to live with you because you have a structured and disciplined home. That shows you care more than letting your children do whatever they want.

I don't understand how people can't see that all these kids want is just a little time and attention. Positive attention.

I craft with my girls every weekend so we have quality time together that we may miss through the week. This weekend, we made beanies (hats) watched movies and made lasagna. Last weekend, was just a movie night. We have made goodies, i.e. cookies, bagels, and other interesting things that one may not know how to make. We get messy by making Easter Baskets, doing mosiacs, and painting and paper mache things. In the past two and a half years we have missed crafts maybe 10 times. That was due to out of town incidences. I have a friend that comes over and crafts with us too. My kids love her.

DustStormDiva


moonlightphoenix 45F
6508 posts
7/23/2006 10:25 pm

I feel very sympathetic to today's teachers. Respect is sorely lacking in today's generation. It all boils down to parental responsibility and consistency. I am the one who decides what is best for my child, and I don't abdicate that to society or MTV.

When I was pregnant with my oldest daughter, I went to therapy and enrolled in parenting classes. I understood that being a parent does not automatically make you an expert on raising children. Unfortunately, too many parent think it does.

I can't control every influence in my children's lives, but I certainly touch base with them and discuss daily the impact of the world on their lives. I LOVE hearing what my children have to say, how they see things, the way they process the things around them. I also respect that they will not automatically agree with the way I view things, and I try to present as much as possible in a neutral way as to allow them to decide what makes sense to them. I don't want or expect my children to be carbon copies of me. I respect them for the people they are. And I love them more than anything else on earth. That requires me to acknowledge that sometimes they need someone else to teach them something, or someone else to talk to, or spend time with.

Parenting is never easy, and it's far too easy to shrug off on someone else, but in the end, it's the greatest job on earth and I'm thankful every minute of every day for it.

Sorry for going on so long, DSD...but it's a great post. (Yours, I mean) and something I, too, feel very strongly about.


duststormdiva 51F
6854 posts
7/24/2006 7:44 am

    Quoting moonlightphoenix:
    I feel very sympathetic to today's teachers. Respect is sorely lacking in today's generation. It all boils down to parental responsibility and consistency. I am the one who decides what is best for my child, and I don't abdicate that to society or MTV.

    When I was pregnant with my oldest daughter, I went to therapy and enrolled in parenting classes. I understood that being a parent does not automatically make you an expert on raising children. Unfortunately, too many parent think it does.

    I can't control every influence in my children's lives, but I certainly touch base with them and discuss daily the impact of the world on their lives. I LOVE hearing what my children have to say, how they see things, the way they process the things around them. I also respect that they will not automatically agree with the way I view things, and I try to present as much as possible in a neutral way as to allow them to decide what makes sense to them. I don't want or expect my children to be carbon copies of me. I respect them for the people they are. And I love them more than anything else on earth. That requires me to acknowledge that sometimes they need someone else to teach them something, or someone else to talk to, or spend time with.

    Parenting is never easy, and it's far too easy to shrug off on someone else, but in the end, it's the greatest job on earth and I'm thankful every minute of every day for it.

    Sorry for going on so long, DSD...but it's a great post. (Yours, I mean) and something I, too, feel very strongly about.
As a parent and as a teacher, my heart is always warmed when I hear of other parents taking part in their childrens lives. I too LOVE hearing what my children have to say.

I love your photo. Mysterious, yet sexy.

DustStormDiva


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