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Children Are Not Original Sinners

Children are not born with original sin. They are not born with the instinct to misbehave. And, whatever else you say about them, and whatever else it is, it is not their fault. It’s yours.

“All of us have moments in out lives that test our courage. Taking children into a house with a white carpet is one of them. ― Erma Bombeck

Parental influence is very strong during a child’s early life. In a perfect world, this influence wanes over time. This is evident when children become rebellious hellions – around the age of, what, 12? But, passive influence, as it is called, is more powerful than most people recognize. In fact, it is this lack of recognition that is responsible for much of the suffering in the developed world. Have you ever heard someone say that, when they have children, they will not make the same mistakes that their parents made? Well, they are wrong. they make those same mistakes, blindly, and without being encumbered by the thought process. Why? Because it isn’t easy to see. In fact, it is virtually impossible to see. Continue reading

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