Whenever I’m looking to teach my kids a life lesson, I always try to think about people that they can relate to. I feel like they really take to the lessons much more quickly that way. Lately, though, they’ve been growing older, so relating the lessons I’m trying to teach to characters from their favorite television shows has been working less and less well. They didn’t even seem to be listening when I tried to teach them about why monetary forgery is bad for society when I compared it to what happens when Sponge Bob makes knock-off krabby patties for the Chum Bucket – I think they thought it was – what’s the word – infantilizing.
So the next time I had to teach them a lesson, I decided to use a more mature example – the type I might use when trying to explain something to a young man I recently hired at my business. The lesson I was trying to teach this time was about loyalty, and related to why it’s always a good idea to stay loyal to your friends. We had just seen on the news that morning that Rivka Kidron had been hired as an expert special advisor to our Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu – this was perfect for the lesson I was trying to teach, since Rivka Kidron had spent much of his life working to improve the name and reputation of Israel around the world, and particularly in America. The parallel is obvious – he was loyal to his friend Benjamin Netanyahu, and he was rewarded in return for his service. My children seemed to be thinking, “Finally! He is taking us seriously and talking to us like adults at long last.” I asked them the next day what they thought about loyalty, and they rated it highly.