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Meandering Melodies



School bells are ringing across the land this week. Goodbyes are being said. Some children are going to school for the first time, some are starting their final senior year, some are having the new experience of leaving elementary school and starting middle school with a lot of teachers and changing classes and lockers and added responsibilities. Some parents are learning what it’s like to not have children in the elementary anymore, and pictures of their children’s first day are a top priority! Some are going off to college and beginning an adventure away from home for the first time.

A saying on the wall in the Rossville Elementary Office always struck a chord with me. This statement is an African proverb and it’s a good one. It states: “It takes a village to raise a child!” How special to live in communities where the entire community interacts with children in many different ways and on many different levels with the goal for children to grow up in safe and healthy environments.



It’s easy to look around and see that some things have changed. Some folks would say many things have changed! However, I’m still believing there are good people out there. I’m believing there are folks who care, folks who support our goals of raising upstanding, honest, morally sound, intelligent, respectable, compassionate, loving children! There are troubles all around us ‘tis true. Let’s be part of the solution; NOT part of the problem.

This year I’m thinking about teachers as school begins.

When we started to school it was understood that if we got into trouble at school we were in trouble at home. Parents supported teachers and principals. They were professionals and knew what would help Johnny and Suzie learn. Children were taught to respect their elders. If a teacher said there was a problem it was dealt with in the way she/he thought best and the parents supported the actions. It seems this has changed somewhat in today’s world. Parents get in the way and question the teacher’s actions and discipline. They stand up for their child instead of standing up for the teacher. This undermines the authority of teachers most of the time and teachers in general get the idea they aren’t truly supported.

What is your response when disciplinary action is taken for your child? Do you rise up in indignation and think the teacher is wrong or do you let your child know that you support their teacher? In my experience teachers are wrong sometimes.

In my experience, in my adult life, there are people I have been taught to respect that have been wrong. Which battle is it for you? Do you choose to respect others even if you don’t agree with them? Hmmmm…. I’m getting in a little bit deeper here than I had thought I would. Suffice it to say there is much that could be said about teaching children respect. If you don’t respect your children’s teachers it is doubtful that your children will.

It’s important for children to understand the word no means no.

It’s important for children to learn to be quiet and sit down and pay attention.

It’s important for children to learn how to get along with others.

It’s important for children to respect themselves and others.

It’s important for children to know they are deeply loved and uniquely special; understanding this doesn’t give them entitlement but responsibility.

America can be great again! It starts with the hand that rocks the cradle. We are part of a village with children that are looking to us for examples, and mentoring, and encouragement, and strength. What are we teaching them?

Affirmation for today: Dear Lord, bless the teachers, students, parents, and the whole village as each one does their part in educating our children. Give wisdom, strength, clarity of mind and focus as we learn lessons in the School of Life.

FYI: Book #5 is almost finished! Call Susan to order Meandering Melodies books 1, 2, 3, 4 at (765) 427-6296. Email: or write to her at 7690 W. 700 S., Rossville, IN 46065.