Are you your brother’s keeper?
And does that have to do with the way you raise your children? Let’s get your opinion on this scenario?
What would you do if one day when you walked past your neighbour’s home, their child gave you the middle finger? The child is in the living room and their parent is in a separate room and is totally oblivious to what is going on in the living room; but it is obvious that this gesture was being directed at you.
What would you do?
Would you knock on your neighbour’s door or just let it go?
What would you expect your neighbours reaction to be?
What consequences would you expect the child to endure as a result of your actions?
Now let’s turn the tables on you:
What if this was your child?
Would you be surprised that your child even made that gesture?
Do you think your neighbour would knock on your door to let you know?
Would you expect it of your neighbour or not?
And what would happen after your neighbour gave you this news?
The central question in this scenario really, is, are you your brother’s keeper? Your neighbours children are the individuals that are going to grow up and live in this world with your children. As a parent, I pray that you will knock on my door and let me know. Not so that I will punish my children, but so that I am aware that there is a lesson about character that I need to spend a bit more time on with them.
The social health and well-being of your family may depend on how you would react in this scenario.
The big lesson is here is that, parenting is not a one-man-mission.
If you were the parent in this scenario, would you appreciate your neighbour letting you know? Why or why not? Let me know in the comments below.