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Prejudging is the result of being uneducated, unaware, and uninformed, ignorance. It doesn’t matter if a person is well-educated at some point in a person’s life someone, or themselves, made an uneducated, unaware, or uninformed decision regarding a situation, social class, ethnicity, religion, or philosophy. A few situational examples are a parent telling their child “Don’t go walking down the street alone, someone might kidnap you” or “Don’t walk into the kitchen while I’m cooking, you could get burned or cut or knock something over.” What we are really teaching our children is to be afraid. We instinctually fear for their safety and well-being.
I don’t let my kids in the kitchen while cooking or stroll down the street on their own either. I tell them they aren’t cooking, and therefore have no reason to be in the kitchen; and don’t walk down the street alone unless I’m with them because I have to keep an eye on them.
As we know children are instinctual, and adults are supposed to transcend to a higher level of consciousness. In other words as we mature and become conscious, people begin to form their and the more our opinion either changes or solidifies depending on our current beliefs.
Children that were taught or experienced fear hardly ever transcend past the prejudices they developed as a child without some kind of outside influence later in life. So passing on those fears and beliefs to their children will continue until someone breaks the cycle. Instead of prejudging teach your children that not all strangers are out to get them; every dark alley doesn’t lurk a kidnapper; a certain ethnicity is not lazy; different religions are not wrong. Break the cycle and assist your child in forming their own opinions and beliefs.