For many people, the most important thing in their lives is their family. Their spouses and their children’s safety and security is their number one concern and all they work toward. But what specifically should the goals and targets of our incomes be? In what should we invest and participate to ensure a successful future for our families and children?
Be secure ourselves
Primarily, we need to be secure before we can make our children secure. During possible plane accidents, we’re told to first secure our oxygen masks before helping passengers; similarly we must reach a position of stability before creating stability for others. After all, if we can’t regularly feed, clothe, etc., ourselves then what hope do we have of raising safe kids or creating a secure home for them to flourish in.
Many people, organisations and governments consider education to be the most essential aspect of people’s lives, that enables them to achieve their . And for good reason: education isn’t merely textbooks, school, reports or degrees. It’s broader: it’s about learning and testing yourself, discovering more about the world and its people, overcoming your own prejudices and assumptions, and being in a state of perpetual curiosity and admitted ignorance.
As parents, we don’t stop learning – in fact, one of the educations parents get is upon becoming parents. With every person being unique, so will our children, requiring us to learn how to manage and care for them and their needs. This means learning what sort of education is necessary for them: can they operate in ordinary schools, special schools, do they require further instruction, etc.
Add to this securing significant payment for their tertiary education – which we all know costs a great deal – and we’re left recognising the monumental importance and cost education will have on us.
However, by giving our children the best education, we also create a safer future for them that allows them to have more stability.
Keeping track of their movements and behaviour
Yet, education isn’t enough. What about physical security? Many more liberal or progressive parents might balk at the idea of monitoring your child, yet even the most lax of parents does so: for example, when going to a busy mall, you will keep track of your child’s movements. This is no different when setting up cameras, getting itemised or prepaid billing for their bank accounts or phones, etc.
We don’t need to be invasive but we do need to be careful. This is especially so with the rise of cyberbullying: since everyone has some kind of digital existence, with Facebook or other social media accounts, or even blogs and websites, this also comes with new – yet old – dangers. Here, too, we must be vigilant as we would be if children went out at night with strangers.
In order to aid in all of these previous endeavours, a secure home is an absolute necessity: there’s little point in investing all of our money into an education if the child is terrified of being home.
There are all sorts of ways, depending on where we live, how much we earn (remember, our view of being secure first?) , etc., that we can protect ourselves and our children: fences, proper doors and bars, safer neighbourhood, security details and so on.
While these are some of the essential ways to secure yourself and your family, they are not the only or all. Think carefully and remember the importance of what your protecting: but also don’t strangle them because you hold them too close.