How shall we teach our children?


What seeds can best be sown


Within their fertile little minds


To guide them till they’re grown?


We can quote the Ten Commandments


And tell them to be good…


Obey and love thy parents


Because it’s right they should.


We can tell them not to lie or cheat…


That stealing is a sin,


Fighting isn’t civilized


No matter who may win.


We can hope they won’t be prejudiced


Toward any race or creed


And never turn


On any fellowman in need.


We can pray they will be strong enough


To keep their standards high…


Not relax their principles


Or let their morals die.


But even as we do our best


To teach them all these things


Are we aware the rich rewards


A good example brings?


Let’s not forget it’s how we act


And how we live each day


That will be rooted in their minds


Much more than what we say:


By Alice E. Chase