Rule 2 – Children
Rule 2 – Protect the children, for they are fragile of mind and body. Be there for them when they are growing up, don’t be an absentee parent. When you grow up and rebel remember it is your youth you are rebelling against, not the outside world.
Rule 2 is present because children really do need protection and guidance. They are a blank slate that does not know how things work either socially or physically.
They have an inherent understanding of simple laws of physics, such as things disappear when they go behind other things, etc. but they do not know more complex things like what’s with the tilt of the earth, etc.
This is also true of social interactions. They know that crying gets them what they need, such as food, a “change”, attention, warmth, etc. but they haven’t a clue as to how to respond to others outside of mom.
Physically, they start out so incapable that it is amazing they make it to adulthood. And since they are the future, we really need to ensure their physical safety and well being. This includes letting them “play in the dirt” and catch colds to build their immune systems, fall down once in a while so they can learn to walk, etc. without letting it go so far they get permanently disabled.
They are also unsure of what is ‘right’ and what is ‘wrong’ within their society. For this they need a lot of guidance from their parents, and occasionally guidance from others.
Children are very self centered and selfish, almost to a fault. As they grow, they need to be guided to balance this selfish attitude against the good of others, in other words balancing their sense of self with their empathy towards others.
This subject would take books to address properly, so let’s just say that they need help, physically, socially and educationally to grow up and be able to live within your society. It is your responsibility to ensure they get this guidance.
In their final hours of being a child, children grow up. And when they do, they need to rebel in order to break free from the strong bond between children and their parents. Just remind them that they are rebelling against their youth, not you. Then let it go.
And always remember that children are “18 year loaners”, they are not your property and they will become independent and move away to a happy life without you, just as you did. And don’t worry, you will continue to be mom and dad.
Other Religions views about children as expressed in their writings.
Christian & Judaism
Teach your children the Scriptures.
Proverbs 22:6, 2 Timothy 3:16, Deuteronomy 6:7, Isaiah 54:13
Good children must follow the Scriptures.
2 Timothy 3:14-17, Ephesians 5:1, Matthew 12:33, Proverbs 20:11
Fathers – Don’t provoke your children until they get angry.
Ephesians 6:4, Colossians 3:21
Use a rod to discipline a male children.
Proverbs 13:24, Proverbs 29:15, Proverbs 23:13, Proverbs 29:17, Proverbs 22:15, Proverbs 19:18, Proverbs 23:14
Children are a blessing from god.
Psalm 127:3-5, Psalm 127:3 , Matthew 19:14
Don’t sell your daughter into prostitution.
Have your rebellious son stoned to death.
He that curseth his father, or his mother, shall surely be put to death. — Exodus 21:17
The eye that mocketh at his father, and despiseth to obey his mother, the ravens of the valley shall pick it out, and the young eagles shall eat it. — Proverbs 30:17
And he said, Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and … offer him there for a burnt offering…. And Abraham stretched forth his hand, and took the knife to slay his son. — Genesis 22:2,10
The LORD smote all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, from the firstborn of Pharaoh that sat on his throne unto the firstborn of the captive that was in the dungeon…. And there was a great cry in Egypt; for there was not a house where there was not one dead. — Exodus 12:29-30
And he went up from thence unto Bethel: and as he was going up by the way, there came forth little children out of the city, and mocked him, and said unto him, Go up, thou bald head; go up, thou bald head. And he turned back, and looked on them, and cursed them in the name of the LORD. And there came forth two she bears out of the wood, and tare forty and two children of them. — 2 Kings 2:23-24
And ye shall eat the flesh of your sons, and the flesh of your daughters shall ye eat. — Leviticus 26:29
And thou shalt eat the fruit of thine own body, the flesh of thy sons and of thy daughters. — Deuteronomy 28:53
And I will cause them to eat the flesh of their sons and the flesh of their daughters, and they shall eat every one the flesh of his friend. — Jeremiah 19:9
Happy shall he be, that taketh and dasheth thy little ones against the stones. — Psalm 137:9
And Moses said unto them, Have ye saved all the women alive? … Now therefore kill every male among the little ones, and kill every woman that hath known man by lying with him. But all the women children, that have not known a man by lying with him, keep alive for yourselves. — Numbers 31:15-18
Hindus emphasize teaching children the principles of Hinduism stressing nonviolence and learning by the mistakes children inherently make.
Buddhists have no defined messages about children.
“My impression is that the classic texts hardly mention child-rearing. “
Follows the old Testament (See Christian & Judaism) and the Koran
In the Koran – Children are a blessing, not a possession. Male & Female children are equal. Teach the Islam religion early. Treat children fairly.
“Shinto doesn’t really have a founder or sacred scriptures or anything like that. . .”
The Siri Guru Granth Sahib lists only one entry about children specifically – “The stories of one’s ancestors make the children good children. They accept what is pleasing to the Will of the True Guru, and act accordingly” Pg 951
Neither the Tao Te Ching nor the Chuang-tzu lists anything about raising or treating children.
Zorastian text states that you should
Support children for 7 years, until they are ready to become part of the community.
Children should be sent to school to be literate and wise.
Children should be sent to learn archery, jousting and horsemanship.
Disclaimer – These are the only text entries I can find for these religions. They are not an interpretation of how they are applied in practicality.
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