We obtain knowledge through experience.
Why does a child touch a burning match even though he is told not to? It is because the truth a parent tells their son doesn’t belong to the child until he experiences it for himself.
Children want to learn everything. They ask, “What is this? What is that?” But it takes experience for them to own knowledge. I once showed my daughter how to draw something; immediately she wanted to do it herself. This is how our children learn. They take ownership through experience.
It is more so with the most important truths. Just because we tell them, children will not understand that that the most meaningful life is a life lived for others. They have to earn their convictions through defining experiences, just like the child who burned his finger.
This is why all my education is experience-based: whether it is in my family, in leadership training programs, or service projects. I know that it takes a transformational experience to own the principle of living for the sake of humanity. Thus, I am always seeking for ways to create opportunities for experiential learning.
Furthermore, as a parent, I know that my example provides living guidance and nourishment to my children as they venture out to gain the experiences that enable them to own the greatest vision, principles and values. Thus, I too relish each experience as an opportunity to learn and own the principles and values of one family under God.