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`A genuine legacy`: What do I leave my children?

PASAY City, Feb. 14, 2016 – Roots and wings. These are the two things every parent should leave their child. 


In one of the “Marriage is Beautiful” concurrent workshops held on Feb. 14 at the SMX Convention Center, Couples for Christ leader Arthur Valdellon talked about the importance of building a legacy for the future generations . 


“In the busyness of our everyday living, we fall off-track and therefore there is a need to refocus, rekindle our awareness and desire to give our children our best legacy!” he said during his talk. 


Quoting a source, Valdellon said: “'A Godly legacy begins when we become intentional parents who create homes that honor God. Children thrive best in an atmosphere of genuine love, supported by reasonable discipline.'”


Citing Proverbs 22:6 which says: “Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old, he will not depart from it!”, he said roots are qualities and values that keep a child grounded in what truly matters. 


Roots comprise the following:

  • wisdom not only from education but mostly from age and experience;
  • good memories that will buoy them up during moments when they feel down;
  • laughter and high spirits in the homes (also resilience and a sense of humor);
  • values from modeling rather than preaching;
  • living by example which is actually the best teacher;
  • childlike awe and wonder;
  • kindness to the least and the oppressed;
  • desire to serve rather than to be served;
  • training for hard work and perseverance; and
  • training to form good moral character.

To complement these values are what Valdellon called “wings” which allow children to soar and forge their own paths when they are ready. 


Wings are:

  • freedom to be themselves;
  • goals, desires, and aspirations;
  • the courage to reach their dreams, goals, and aspirations;
  • freedom to make their own choices after we've given them directions; and
  • freedom to make mistakes. 


The workshop titled Leaving a Genuine Legacy was among other workshops on How to be the best in-laws, Sexuality in your 60s, Workshop for Teens, and Kids' Academy, among others. (Nirva'ana Ella Delacruz)

Added on Wednesday, March 2, 2016


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