I have written in numerous books that I wish there was a class taught to kids in school about coping skills. The only way we learn to deal with things growing up is by watching our parents handle certain situations.
I had a girlfriend in 8th grade whose parents dealt with issues by yelling at each other. It was so uncomfortable to be in that house and she and her little brothers naturally followed the path of screamers as adults.
I come from a long line of drinkers and enablers myself. So I, too, have learned to both numb problems away and also to sweep them under the carpet without a trace to be seen.
If life is the most difficult school we are enrolled in, why don’t we have any courses in it? Can you imagine if kids were taught to inquire about their own negative thinking? Can you imagine if they were taught that if they love themselves, they love what they see? Can you imagine if they learned that no one or no thing could come into their lives and complete them, that they are already complete? Can you imagine if they learned that they don’t need to search for love because they already are love? Wow, what an amazing world it could be.
Well, since many of you reading this are parents, why don’t we start now? Why don’t we teach ourselves this new way of thinking so we can be active participants in our childrens’ spiritual evolution? Start to inquire about your own negative thoughts and how you cope with them. Then take a look around the room and see those little beings called your kids watching closely. If you don’t change, how can they?
And if the schools aren’t teaching coping skills, why can’t we?