In the pictures above are a father and his beloved son. In the left-hand cartoon, the father,smoking a cigarette and sitting comfortably on a sofa, is watching a football match on TV and shouting, “Son, study hard for me!” On the contrary, in the right-hand portrayal, at 9 p.m., the father is studying together with his son, both totally absorbed in their books. The caption
indicates, “Instead of merely making a request, set an example.”

The purpose of the pictures is to show us that utmost significance should be attached to practicing what you preach. On the one hand, parents teach much more by their actions than by their words. Some of them may say to their children, “don’t say four-letter words about so and so”, but before long the children may hear them criticize their friends and neighbors with bad
language. On the other hand, parenting is such a crucial responsibility, yet there are no required courses to prepare one to undertake this role in life. The only learning children have is the example from their own parents.

To sum up, parents are the best teachers. Obviously, if parents’ actions don’t conflict with their own words, they will have the opportunity to be outstanding examples for their children. Just as an old saying goes, “Action speaks louder than words.”

译文:

上述图画描述了一位父亲和他亲爱的儿子。在左边的漫画中,这位父亲叼着一根香烟,舒服地坐在沙发上,正在看电视上的一场足球赛,同时大喊:“儿子,你给我好好学习。”相反,在右边的漫画中,晚上九点,这位父亲还在和儿子一起学习,都专注于他们各自的书籍。文字说明显示:“与其只提要求,不如做个榜样。”
这些漫画的目的是告诉我们应该充分重视以身作则的重要性。一方面,父母们教育孩子,更多的是用行动,而不是用言语。家长也许会对孩子说:“不要说脏话。”但没过多久孩子却可能听到他们在用脏话批评朋友和邻居。另一方面,养育子女是一项非常重要的职责,但究竟该怎样为人父母,却没有现成的必修课可学。孩子唯一的学习便是模仿自己的父母。

总之,父母是最好的老师。显而易见,如果父母们言行一致,他们就有机会成为孩子们杰出的榜样。正如谚语所说:“行胜于言。”

生词:

to sum up总而言之、undertake承担、prepare准备、as a old saying goes 正如一句老话所说、conflict with与……冲突;action speaks louder than words行胜于言;

最后修改日期:2020年6月24日

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