One of those sources was my Dad.
I remember him taking me along on Saturday mornings during his rounds to the meat market, bakery and grocery store. Some valuable lessons came during these weekly trips. I learned how to choose different cuts of meat and how to pick out the best. I learned what the word “fresh” means when applied to various types of food.
But my Dad also taught me the value of honesty whenever he discovered and returned extra change that had been mistakenly given to him by a salesperson. He taught me how to easily share small talk with strangers and other social courtesies one learns from example. Most of my Dad’s lessons were ones of practical goodness and patience. He was a natural teacher who added quality and character to a child’s life without the structure of a lesson plan.
We actually do learn from example, even in our adult years—which is why it is so important to be mature enough to live our values and not follow the crowd like we might have done in high school.
What are you passing on to your children? Make it something worthwhile...