I am absolutely outraged, overwhelmed, and saddened by the children that I saw after Christmas.  Why?  All the kids wanted to talk about was what they got for Christmas.  Few of them got something (on their own) for a parent or for a loved one.  Unless the parent arranged it, unless the school had a project, kids did not on their own, feel an obligation to give.  They felt an “obligation” to take.  Me, me, me, me, me.

It is absolutely outrageous.  If we talk about the occurrences that took place in our world in the last six months, maybe we need to look at how we teach children to get out of themselves and understand that there are others.  The holiday season is the time to do it.  But when it is not Christmas, do we teach this lesson of caring for others?  How many of us go once a week, once a month to help in a soup kitchen?  Help at the local food pantry?  How many of us go and help other people who are less fortunate?  It is so painful when everyone gets upset about what happens in the world, when we do not realize that we are raising selfish children.  Think about it, giving, helping, and being kind as opposed to what can we get them, what can they receive…

Call me old-fashioned, but the roof over your head, a warm bed, food, clothing, and a hug, seem to me to be fundamental.  Beyond that, it is over and beyond the “call of duty”.  Let’s teach kids there are others in the world.