Wisdom has a Universal Appeal

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Before we get too deep into these proverbs, it is good to point out the value of being wise.

Proverbs 1:20: “Out in the open wisdom calls aloud, she raises her voice in the public square”

Wisdom Has Value

This verse paints a picture of Wisdom as a personification of regal.  Just as we can hold people in awe for looks or charisma, wisdom has a presence.  We see this draw of wisdom in our conversations with grandparents and mentors.  Thus, this is not an attribute without a value.  There is a priceless quality of real wisdom.

Worth Emphasizing

The value of being wise is often understated to the young.  We assume there is no wisdom in youth and maybe that is why we rarely bring it up.  However, it is important to instill a sense of value in wise decisions even at young ages.  This focus goes beyond whether a child is smart (or not) and instead focuses on making good decisions.  This ability is available to everyone and removes excuses for bad behavior.  When you praise a child for a wise choice that positive reinforcement is better than praising any natural ability.

Talk About The Greats

There is a lot to learn in children’s stories.  Even simple appearing classics like Dr. Seuss stories contain timeless wisdom and moral examples that a child can learn and apply.  Of course, Aesop’s fables and similar stories for kids have almost a prime directive of teaching the value of a wise decision.  Do not only share these stories but also discuss them.  Highlight the positives of some of the great thinkers of children literature.  These include well-known philosophers like Winne the Pooh, Linus Van Pelt, and even “The Grinch.”  These stories provide all sorts of examples of both wise decisions and foolish ones.  The time spent highlighting the wise greats to your children will help them value good decisions as they get older.

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