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4 tips for educating our children - Vayakhel-Pekude

Thursday, 11 March, 2021 - 8:40 am

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What is the secret to being good parents?

In the portions of this week Vayakhel-Pekude, we read about the donations of the Jews towards the building of the portable Sanctuary. The first donations came from the women, who brought their jewelry: earrings, nose rings, (finger) rings and bracelets that are worn on the arm. Each of these pieces of jewelry has something to teach is about the education of our children.

First, we need ears. We need to listen to G-d’s commandments, because they guide us towards the best possible way to live our lives. We also need to listen to our children, not only when we talk to them, but also when they speak with their siblings and friends. This can teach us many things about them, which will help us educate them right. On the other hand, our children listen to us and many times, express themselves like us and imitate our behavior. Therefore, parents need to educate themselves and make sure to be good role models for their children.

Then, we need a nose. We need to improve our sense of smell. We need to “smell” and sense who are the friends of our children. Are they a good influence on them? Good friends influence our children towards the good, and the opposite is true as well…

The ring is worn on the finger. We need to show and explain to our children what the right way is, with patience and in a pleasant manner.

Finally, we need something on the arm that symbolizes discipline. To grow healthy children, we need limits, discipline, and order. Children who grow without rules will not be happy at the end.

May we grow happy and healthy children, who will make the world a better place.

Shabbat Shalom,

Hanna

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