This is a wake-up call to parents....hummm, no one home but the kids. Both parents are working to afford all those 'things' kids don't really need and can live without. What they really want is the absentee parent. The parents time, affection, counsel and interest in whats going on in their lives.
For those of you who have allowed the TV set, video games and computer to be your substitute its time to make some vital changes. These 'things' are all your children have to teach them moral and spiritual values that will carry them into adulthood. You should be their main influence and primary mentor and not permit these 'things' to take the place of your presence.
Its time you gained control as a parent again. Todays world is not an easy, safe place for them and more then ever you need to be there for your children. They are constantly bombarded by influences and choices, some good but mostly bad. You need your rights as a parent back again.
Why is it that a teen can build bombes in his garage and have an arsenal in his bedroom?
Why is it that l3 year old girls are having babies?
Why is it that so many of our children are addicted to drugs and alchohol and the age keeps getting younger?
Why is it that hyper active children are perscribed drugs to calm them down?
Why is it that todays children are stressed, depressed and have suicidal tendancies?
Does the finger point to the absentee parent....Yes. We can't be missing out of our childrens lives during their most crucial years and expect them to all of a sudden turn out to be fine, moral adults. Not in todays world. Parents take control.
When you bring these souls into the world you become their world so don't allow something or someone else to take that place of honor from you. Be that primary influence in their lives. Don't buy into the propaganda that your child needs all this 'stuff' that your outside job provides. What they need is you mom, what they need is you dad .
Is our future generation destined to be on more prozac? Will we need to build bigger jails, police force, more rehabs? Will we need more counselors and attend more funerals?
Having the priviledge of being a stay at home mom and primary influence in my four childrens lives I was able to instill christian values of honor, respect and generosity . They now find it difficult to live in a world that is fast losing these values. We need to gain control as parents and not leave this to Hollywood, video games, music lyrics, magazines and books. Ive listed a few things we can do as parents to restore our position as pimary influence.
l. If you can learn to live on one income...do it! One parent should be at home at all times. (Single parent, God Bless you!)
2. Monitor your childrens TV, computer, music (lyrics), video games and books their reading, (read the book with them to see if its something you want them exposed to)
3. Don't allow your child to have a computer or TV in his own room.
4. Place the computer in a central point so it can be monitored at all times.
5. Set some house rules. You are in charge...not your child.
Listen to them
Play with them
Re-inforce positive feedback
about themselves. `
Teach them Christian values
and faith in God
If you do this you may never have to use strong dicipline, put them in rehab, send them to a counselor, bail them out of jail or identify them at the morgue. For those brave souls that would heed this counsel, God Bless you for your efforts to regain your rightfull place as a parent.