This object lesson will take several days. Take a stalk of celery and split it up the center about half way up the stalk. Put one side in a glass of red-colored water and the other side in blue-colored water. After a few days the celery stalk will draw up the colored water and the celery will be tinted red or blue. There could be many different moral to this story, but here is one: See how easily this stalk of celery took on the color of water in which it was sitting? Small children are just like that stalk of celery. They take on all the characteristics of the family around them. Is your home colored with anger, yelling, sarcasm, and criticizm? Then this is what the children will learn to be like. Or is your home colored with patience, cooperation, soft-tones and laughter? Children will reflect and become like the examples they receive at home.