Why We Should Stop Telling Our Kids ‘You Can be Anything You Want to be’

Our children need to hear of people who didn’t shift with the wind to suit those in power or to get ahead by going along with the most popular thoughts of the day.

I recently read a story about the notorious Nazi leader, Heinrich Himmler, who wrote a letter seeking to transfer a Nazi doctor out of the Luftwaffe into an SS medical unit because Christian doctors in his current unit were objecting to the human experiments he was conducting on prisoners. In his letter, Himmler told Luftwaffe Field Marshall Erhard Milch that in 10 years Germany would be rid of such narrow-minded thinking, but in the interim, he wanted the doctor to be transferred so he could conduct his experiments unabated (512-513 Metaxas, Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy).

When your kids grow up, will they have the courage to stand against the tide just as these Christian doctors tried to do, or will they just go along to get along and allow the unspeakable to happen?

While we as parents are so busy trying to provide for our families, are we making sure our kids are receiving the best messages? Do you know what messages they are receiving on their many digital devices? Do you know what messages they’re receiving in school? Do you really know? Are they messages that encourage self-centeredness, or are they messages that will make them better people?

Take the time to find out, and let’s resolve to fill our children’s minds with good stories—that teach them about humanity’s highest ideals and that motivate them to fulfill their life’s purpose.

Will you join me in this endeavor?

Amy Haywood
Amy Haywood
Amy Haywood is a mom, wife, writer and an educator. She holds a bachelor’s degree in media communication, a master’s degree in international journalism, and a master’s degree in national security and strategic studies. Her professional experience is primarily in government and education. She grew up in Texas to diligent and involved parents who named her for the 19th Century missionary to India, Amy Carmichael. Like her namesake, Amy also has a passion for protecting children and seeing them succeed in life.

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