最近多了機會在自己屋苑的平台花園做運動，看見一些令我驚喜的現象。一是發現早上八、九時左右多了正值壯盛之年的爸爸帶著自己的孩子在平台上玩耍或作不同類型的親子活動。我不禁自問: 難道這些爸爸不需要返工賺錢養家嗎? 但從爸爸面上悠然自得的表情，我肯定他們十分重視和享受與幼兒建立良好的親子關係，甚或要負上時間與金錢的代價，也在所不辭。
以上兩件事: 即父母願意花時間在幼兒身上引導他們, 及幼兒展示美好的同理心，雖沒有直接的因果關係，卻令我想起一節寶貴又智慧的聖經金句，它也同時是本校校訓：「教養孩童，使他們走當行的道，就是到老也不偏離。」(箴言22:6節)。
但願這句耳熟能詳, 但又歷久常新的金句及校訓永久成為家長及學校每天的勉勵 ！
Even when he is old, he will not depart from it Supervisor: Louise Law
Recently, I discovered some delightful scenes as I had more opportunity to do exercise in the podium where I live. One is that more fathers in their prime played or engaged in parent-child activities with their children around eight or nine in the morning. I wondered how fathers, expected to maintain their family, could afford not to work at this time of the day. From the satisfied looks of these fathers, I could only conclude that they valued very much establishing a fine parent-child relationship, even at the costs of sacrificing time and money.
Another touching experience is when I brought my aging father to walk in the podium, I often times saw a group of young children cheering my dad. When they saw that my father staggering along with his walker and not giving up, they initiated to cry;” Uncle, hurrah, keep up!” A feeling of warmth surged in my heart. I appreciated these young children, who had the urge to care for and encourage those in need.
The above mentioned experiences: parents willing to spend time on their children and young children showing empathy may not have a direct cause-effect relationship. They do, however, remind me of a familiar Bible verse, which happens to be our school motto: “Train up a child in the way he should go, even when he is old, he will not depart from it” (Proverbs: 22:6).
This verse clearly implies the close link between parents carefully training their children and the latter’s life-long adherence to the right paths. I firmly believe that if parents take advantage of the golden opportunity to train up their young children in their formative years, use eternal Biblical truths to influence them, and be exemplary models themselves, their children will definitely develop good values, and learn how to love themselves and other people for the rest of their life.
May this familiar but forever inspiring verse and school motto be an everyday reminder to both our parents and the school!