In today’s climate of relativism, parents who hope to raise conscientious, ethical, and morally enlightened children really have their work cut out for them. Popular culture continually undermines their efforts by sending the message that “anything goes” and that concepts like faith, self-discipline, and respect for others are antiquated notions. But parents who send their children to Catholic schools find that the values they hope to impart to their children are upheld and reinforced in a supportive, caring environment. As a result, kids emerge better educated and better prepared to deal with the opportunities and challenges life has in store for them.
For youngsters all across our nation, the month of October means but one thing—Halloween is on its way. On this one special night of the year, kids get to fan out through their neighborhoods, dressed in outlandish costumes, with the goal of collecting a sack full of sugar-laden goodies. However, in their haste to accumulate as many treats as possible before the “witching hour” arrives (8:00—when the trick-or-treating ends in our community), kids are also quick to forget some basic rules of safety. That’s where parents can make all the difference with a little planning.
Over the past few months, I have been fortunate enough to attend several tennis industry events that discussed a wide variety of topics. The most shocking topic that continues to come up over and over (and not just in tennis) is how inactive the upcoming generations are overall. As parents, industry professionals, and beyond, we all most challenge ourselves to do our part to change this trend of inactivity. Here are a few items that were shared with the attendees: