The wonderful thing about being a Director of Religious of Education is receiving so much joy from the children and parents at our church. When I ponder about the joy I have for children, I think about the book The Joyful Child by Peggy Jenkins, Ph.D. The book is about children for adults to read. The Joyful Child helps the reader expand his or her awareness of the discovery of joy for children and it helps adults grow more in their own inner joy. The new ideas in this book provide a new approach with some possible new results. One of the quotes shared by the author of this book is written by Dr. Schuller. His thoughts echo mine. He says: Often we hear the question: How do you treat people? A far more important question is: How do you treat ideas?
Treat them tenderly...They can be killed quickly.
Treat them gently...They can be bruised in infancy.
Treat them respectfully...They could be the most valuable thing that ever came into your life.
Treat them protectively...Don't let them get away.
Treat them nutritionally...Feed them and feed them well.
Treat them antiseptically...Don't let them get infected with the germs of negative thoughts.
Treat them responsibly! Respond! Act! Do something with them!
Treating ideas in the above manner will help children and adults feel better about sharing their ideas positively.