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Assets In Action: Parents should lead by example

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By Bernadette Lauritzen

You might not like the column today, because it invokes the fusspot in me.
What tipped the scale was some time spent out this weekend. A mother was picking flowers outside a county building and giving them to her daughter.
No, she didn’t ask anyone if she could pick the flowers, she just took them.
I’m also not talking about the child being an 18-month-old that doesn’t know that this would be wrong. This child was old enough to know that you shouldn’t pick flowers that you don’t own.
It comes down to responsibility — and the times when adults do things that are wrong, that clearly make an impression on our youth.
The funny thing is, at some point as parents, we expect youth to make the right choice, despite the fact that they have seen instances of lying, cheating and stealing.
A similar situation prompted this small rant, so let me lay some additional groundwork.
My husband Chad tends the Pledge Garden at Chamisa Elementary. Every year in October, we plant tulips and daffodils with every student at the school, during Red Ribbon Week.
The project began under then-Principal Kate Thomas and has bloomed, literally, for many years.
During the non-blooming months, Chad plants a few plants and flowers in the garden so there is something pretty for staff and students.


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