“My great-great-grandchildren already rich, that’s a lot of brown children on your Forbes list” – Beyoncé
While scrolling Facebook, this morning, one of my grammar school classmates posted a screen print of a conversation between her and her daughter. Her daughter was telling her mom that the school had been on lockdown, because of a shooting that happened just steps away from her. My heart became heavy, and I ventured to think about why all the senseless killings, in our schools and amongst our youth overall, are taking place. What could be lacking? How do we close the gap? Why don’t our children know the value of life, and the cost of taking one?
We, as parents, are working really hard, to make a living and make sure our children don’t have to worry about some of the things we may have coming up, and to leave a legacy for generations to follow. We want them to have assets, money, college paid for, so on and so forth. Generational wealth, ya know?
“…rich in love, in spirituality, individuality, kindness, service, consideration, and more.”
However, wealth goes far beyond the things we can acquire and leave behind. We have to make investments in ourselves and children, to ensure that generations to follow are mentally, physically, and spiritually healthy. I always speak about how, people favor my mom’s children because of who she’s been to them. Her being, a kind, caring and prayerful woman has caused people in return to be really good to us; and I, as a mom, am consciously sewing the seed to do the same for my child.
Moreover, what we tell our children about themselves, the environments we place them in and what we do in front of them, directly affects their behavior. Children need to hear their parents tell them that they love them, and moreover that love needs to be shown, daily. Our children have to be rich in so many things, that don’t involve money, to ensure that they, along with their lineage, are “wealthy”. They must be rich in love, in spirituality, individuality, kindness, service, consideration, confidence and more.
In addition to working hard, as parents we have to monitor what we allow or children to be influenced by. We can’t watch and laugh at trash TV, where women are fighting over men, and belittling themselves, and expect that are children won’t be influenced by it. EVERY thing we do, affects our children and generations to follow!