Be Fruitful and Multiply

Rabbi Eliyahu Yaakov writes this about children:

Their first-nature is based on us.

This is one reason why the biblical verse says “be fruitful and multiply”—”be fruitful” means to have kids; “multiply” means that you are multiplying. By you having children, there are going to be more yous in the world—more people walking around with your values, your thoughts, your attitudes, your actions, and your reactions.

You are making carbon copies of yourself.

Therefore, being a parent isn’t about acquiring a skill-set or a methodology nearly as much as it is about transforming yourself. In fact, I would go so far as to say that parenting is 90 percent self-transformation and 10 percent skill-sets and methodology.

What do you think?

About Nancy French

Nancy French is a three time New York Times Best Selling Author.

  • Tara Edelschick

    I like the reminder that raising disciplined, generous, men and women of character is first and foremost about being a disciplined, generous parent of character. In the end, it’s not about how to do a time out or whether or not to give a kid an allowance; it’s about who we are and who we are becoming.


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