Thursday, February 16, 2017

Dear Parents, Caregivers and Friends of St Mary’s School,

Each week as I prepare to write the newsletter I do a lot of back ground reading and reflect on current events before putting pen or pencil to paper.

This week I was talking to a friend and he used the old phrase, ‘the acorn hasn’t fallen far from the tree’.

Moving away from the brilliant imagery that this phrase evokes the meaning is simple; be it nurture or nature we as parents affect how our children will turn out.

If it’s nurture then as parents, especially when our children are very young, all of our actions our values and our beliefs shape the people our children become.

We see this by the number of children who work in the same or a related field to their parents. We see it when we see the number of sportsmen and women whose parents played the same sport as them and we see it in the behaviour of children which is a mirror of their parents behaviour.

A number of years ago I had to call a father into school to tell him that his son was using a number of swear words at school and that we needed the parents to support us to ensure that this stopped. The dad looked me in the eye and said that he didn’t know where he got the swearing from but that when he got home he would be told in no uncertain terms to stop it. The shame was that every second word that the dad said was a swear word and he didn’t see his speaking like this was role modelling for his son exactly what not to do!

Have a great week,

Mike Brosnahan


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