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Presidential Life Lessons

Presidential Life Lessons

It seemed appropriate to honor our Presidents by remembering their words and how they might apply to keeping our kids safe. Hopefully you have some extra time with your kids today – take a minute to talk about some life lessons, courtesy of our former Presidents.

“Be courteous to all, but intimate with few, and let these few be well tried before
you give them your confidence.”   
George Washington.

I’m not sure what our first president would have thought about social media, but it seems even in those days we were reminded that we needn’t share every personal thing about our lives with any but our closest and truest friends. And, in the process he shares an admonition to be kind to everyone, not just your friends, but to all.

“Character is like a tree and reputation is like a shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing. Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.”  Abraham Lincoln

Our 16th President seemed never at a loss for words and often with a little humor thrown in. But he reminds us that we are forming our shadows (reputations) every day with what we say and share. Is our shadow true to our real self? The simple act of asking that question before we post pictures of ourselves and especially others, make comments, or criticize others – begs the question -is it the shadow we want to create?

It is interesting how these truths survive through the ages, you see technology is not the culprit that makes our kids vulnerable or bullied or bullies; it is the life lessons we teach them that they must apply to their use of technology. And we cannot continue to set them loose with no instructions on what is appropriate behavior and what isn’t. Take a minute to talk about those lessons today.

“Man is still the most extraordinary computer of all”.   John F. Kennedy

Happy Presidents Day!

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