wait, who???

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I found this in one of my journals, had totally forgot about it.  I think I got it from a friend…

Do you ever feel this way?  I am sort of struggling with this.  Actually it is a big reason I have volunteered soooo much, and part of the reason I need to step back.  I want to change things.  To my way of thinking.

I am not your average suburbanite.  I think competition for young children is ridiculous.  I think kids are over scheduled, selling too much junk, and should not be allowed to have tvs in their rooms or phones.  Yep, I am that mom.  I think they should be dirty from playing outside, fingers paper cut from reading books and creating, playing sports for learning and fun, selling lemonade not cookie dough.

I volunteered at the school to try and push my own agenda.  That did not work out.  I volunteered at church because I saw a need and I wanted to get the focus back on Biblical things, not just social events.  That kind of worked, I just ended up sucked dry doing too much.  We switched dance studios.  I am homeschooling.

Now I am going to do something different.  I am going to be that somebody here at home.  I am going to push my agenda here.  I will just have to try and save the world one child at a time, starting with my own.   At least if I raise them this way, maybe they will think the same way?

Do you ever feel this way?  Like there are so many things you think could be better?  Simpler?  More faith filled?  How have you been that somebody?  How do you do it?

 

Go, Tell, and make disciples of all nations--spread the good news.

2 Responses to wait, who???

  1. Leanne August 10, 2014 at 9:09 am #

    I love that “I am going to save the world one child at a time, starting with my own”, brilliant!!!

  2. Meredith W. August 10, 2014 at 10:52 am #

    Same here, kind of, but I was lucky enough to raise my child on the bare edge of the technology overload era. She was allowed a phone in high school because it was just that — a phone. She could call us if she needed to.

    We also didn’t over-schedule her. She was timid about doing a lot of things, so there were different activities that didn’t last for a long time. Some dance lessons, some soccer, but nothing that became a passion for her. We did lots of imaginative and creative things, from home-made “play dough” to outdoor picnics on the climber to collecting two or three dozen shoe boxes for her to use as building blocks. (Those were from the store where we bought her shoes; I don’t fit the stereotype of women buying shoes.) 😉

    Even as she got older, she was never allowed a TV in her room, and we don’t have one in ours. If I recall correctly, she shared a desktop computer with me until she went to college and then got a laptop of her own.

    We have tried to model the behavior we want her to learn, that caring about and working for the good of others is a high priority.

    As far as saving the world with one child, we may be headed in the right direction: she has just become a Licensed Social Worker. 🙂

    I would like to get back to volunteering. As far as the faith-filled part — yes, I would like that, but that’s a whole other story.

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