ON TEACHING OUR CHILDREN TO BE SELF-SUFFICIENT:
Sirach 40:28-30 GNT
"My child, don't live the life of a beggar; it is better to die than to beg. If you have to depend on someone else for your food, you are not really living your own life. You pollute yourself by accepting food from another. Begging is torture to the soul of any sensitive person. A shameless person can make begging sound sweet, but something inside him burns."
ON TEACHING OUR CHILDREN SELF-RESPECT
Sirach 10:28-31 GNT
"My child, keep your self-respect, but remain modest. Value yourself at your true worth. There is no excuse for a person to run himself down. No one respects a person who has no respect for himself. Poor people can be honored for their good sense, and rich people can be honored for their wealth. If someone is honored while he is poor, think how much he will be honored if he becomes rich! If someone is despised while he is rich, think how much more he will be despised if he becomes poor!"
A VERSE FOR HOMESCHOOL PARENTS (SMILE)
Sirach 11:10 GNT
"My child, don't get involved in too many things. If you try to do too much, you will suffer for it. You won't be able to finish your work, and you won't be able to get away from it either."
Sirach 7:23-25 GNT
"If you have sons, educate them. Teach them self-discipline while they are young. If you have daughters, keep them virtuous, and don't be too indulgent with them. When you give your daughter in marriage, you have finished a great task, but give her to a sensible man."
A SENSE OF DECENCY (teaching our children to blush!)
"My children, listen and I will teach you the circumstances when it is proper to be ashamed. Sometimes it is entirely out of place.
Before your parents, be ashamed of immoral behavior.
Before a ruler or an important person, be ashamed of a lie.
Before a judge, be ashamed of criminal behavior.
Before a public assembly, be ashamed of breaking the law.
Before a friend or partner, be ashamed of dishonesty.
Before your neighbors, be ashamed of theft.
Be ashamed of breaking a promise,
of leaning on the dinner table with your elbows,
of stinginess when you are asked for something,
of not returning a greeting,
of staring at a prostitute,
of turning down a relative's request,
of depriving someone of what is rightly his,
of staring at another man's wife,
of playing around with his slave woman (keep away from her bed!)
of insulting your friends,
of following up your gifts with criticism,
of betraying secrets."
ON SPOILED ROTTEN DADDY'S GIRLS
Sirach 42:9-13 GNT
"Although he will not let his daughter know it, a father will lie awake at night worrying about her. If she is young, he worries that she might not get married. If she is already married, he worries about her happiness. If she is a virgin, he worries that she might be seduced and become pregnant while living in his house. If she is married, he worries that she might be unfaithful, or that she might not be able to have children. Keep a close watch over your daughter if she is determined to have her own way. If you don't, she may make a fool of you in front of your enemies. You will be a constant joke to everyone in town, a public disgrace. Make sure that her room has no windows or any place where she can look out to the entrance of the house. Don't let her show off her beauty in front of men, or spend her time talking with the women. Women hurt other women just as moths damage clothing."