Sunday, September 28, 2008
Reading Tim Kimmel's "Raising Kids Who Turn out Right"
A quote from the book that resonated with me:
"Add to any list (of pressures) the pressures of rearing kids in a media-oriented environment that can deprogram and reprogram our children's values faster than ever, and we find ourselves fighting a well-armed opponent."
First there was the radio... and then TV... But now there is also the computer and the internet, and the cell-phone and the text-messaging and all of it around the clock...
Things have changed. And it is harder to raise kids who turn out right, I think. There is indeed a well-armed opponent (sounds like a line out of "A Mighty Fortress")
Kimmel's answer is to be very deliberate about the activities you engage in with your children and what about you want to instill in them, to the point of providing detailed planning sheets to go through with your spouse on a special planning weekend away from the children. I think he is correct. It probably is a useful exercise. There is a lot of food for thought here, yet we realize without God's help nothing will turn out right.