Jacob was told to fool his father. His mother, Rebecca, told him that any curse that he would receive from this would be on her. Can we take the full blame for someone else’s action even if we encourage that action?
Discuss with your children:
- Did Rebecca have the right to tell Jacob to do something which was deceitful?
- If someone encourages your child to do something wrong is your child exempt from punishment?
- Does it matter if it is another child or an adult that is doing the encouraging?
- Is it always wrong to fool someone?
- Come up with scenarios where doing what is normally wrong (lying, cheating, going against the law, etc. ) is the right thing to do.
- Come up with scenarios where the instigator of a wrong should be punished.
- Come up with scenarios where the instigator of a wrong should not be punished.
- Write a story about a parent encouraging a child to do something wrong. Include in your story if the parent gets punished or not for the deed of the child.
- Make a list of 10 things that you are doing wrong and write out a plan for ways to correct your actions/thoughts/speaking.
- Write an essay about a situation in which you would be willing to take the blame for someone else’s actions. Explain why you would be willing to take the blame.
- Create a bulletin board display urging people to be responsible for their own actions.
- Create a bulletin board display explaining why urging someone to do something wrong has consequences.
- Give an argument that you would say before a judge explaining why Jacob should, or should not be punished for his deed.
- Give an argument that you would say before a judge explaining why Rebecca should, or should not be punished for Jacob’s deed.