It’s a scary, big, dangerous world out there. As parents we always want what’s best for our children…we want them to have what we didn’t have when we were growing up. Well, as with every generation before us, our children will face new challenges that will test their faith in God, their faith in us, their faith in themselves. They will be faced with temptations in new ways that will surprise even us. Different things are acceptable now than when we were growing up. To be different is normal and to be normal is different. We are much more technologically advanced now than when we were kids. We used ride bikes, play outside, use our imaginations to create new worlds, and our parents used to open the front door and yell for us to come inside. Now, our children have video games that they can play live with their friends from different houses, they have cell phones, tablets, laptops, and who-knows-what-else that I haven’t heard about yet. We’ve all heard the phrase ‘there’s an app for that’…there were no ‘apps’ when we were growing up.
Have I found the solution to how to keep our children out of trouble, keep them away from danger, and keep them down the path where their faith in all things good does not waver? Nope, not yet….working on it, though. However, I do know that if we love our children with all of our hearts, if we pay attention to what they are doing, who they are with, where they go, and how they dress / act, we can decrease the likelihood of our children following a path that will be quite difficult for them to recover from. We all make mistakes and sometimes we have to let our children make mistakes. But, we also have to know when to say enough is enough and get even more involved in our children’s lives. Also, while we probably don’t want to, we do have to ‘stay with the times’ and get up-to-date on our kids’ lingo, technology, etc. This will definitely help us stay in-tune with our children…
What do you do to stay in touch with your kids?