Deep River Children: Part 2

Children reading books at park

OK. I wrote about Deep River Women here. Yes. A love interest of Lionel Ritchie. Got it. 

“But”, you ask,” What does that have to do with my child?”

Well, if you want to have a Deep River Child, let’s define what that means.

 We labored to  instill the gospel teaching of Jesus Christ in our children. No, we weren’t perfect in our scripture studying and family prayers, but we get an A for effort. It was a daily focus.  Because I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, that was one of the most important areas of teaching and emphasis we worked on as parents.

Choose to attend a church as a family and benefit from moral stories and a  community of like minded people. Help your children to develop an understanding of  who God can be in their lives. One friend who grew up with atheist parents said that “it was like being thrown into a football game without knowing the rules, and without pads and a helmet.” 

This post is about the 2nd layer of teaching that supports that all important first layer.

Deep River Children can  have the same enduring characteristics that I listed for Deep River Women. Character. Stuff like having integrity, being humble, or having courage. They are interested and curious in the people and places around them. They know how to work and do hard things. They aren’t complainers. They like being with their family. They know how to be a good friend and are respectful to all ages. They understand who God is and trust in His plan of Happiness. They want to please their parents and teachers.

What? Is this possible in this day and age? Absolutely.

I went to a friend’s cabin yesterday. It’s a new purchase and she is over the moon. It is a choice spot. The mountain views are stunning. You can see a distant waterfall from her front porch. The air had that fresh canyon smell.

She told me, “We are having no screens here when our children and grandchildren come.”

I locked eyes and said, “Bold move.”

 She does have Wifi, but– “I am not giving out the password”.

Her grandchildren  spent two days over the last weekend without screens. She said, “I couldn’t believe the difference in their personalities. We connected. We hiked. We played games.”

Deep River Children start with excellent boundaries.

Next Post: Karen Arnesen’s Childrens Books on Character

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