You might be asking, “What do you mean?” A long time ago, a close friend once told me, “Christine your kids only know what you expose them to.” However our children spend their day in their home or at school or sports is what they learn. I mean after all this is their environment, right? Day in and day out…the people we talk to, the places we visit, the language we use or listen to, and the treatment we give or receive in some way shapes us and is the world WE know.
As parents, we have a high calling (Deuteronomy 6:4-9) as God lays out this foundation in the Bible as to what we are suppose to do. If you have parenting questions, all the answers are in the Bible. Being a mom is a lot of work! Can I get an Amen? (give me a high five please) Teaching the Bible to our children is one of the many things we are suppose to do. You don’t have to homeschool to teach your kids the Bible. You don’t have to send your child to private school to learn the Bible. You don’t have to do it all by yourself either because on the Internet are simple resources that will help. Do you have any resources to share? Please comment below. I have some resources that I will share. And they are free! You just need a printer and ink and you are all set! They are listed below but please continue to read…
Let’s get back to the exposure part. When my friend told me to watch out for the things I expose my kids to, I had to think about what she said. I asked myself, “What am I teaching my children about how to handle life with the way I live.” So here is a quick list of questions I would like you to think about:
- What movies do they watch on TV?
- What movies do they see at the movie theater?
- What cartoons are they looking at?
- What games are they playing at home, on the phone, or on YouTube?
Are these movies/games violent, too mature, using vulgar language, or not age appropriate?
- How is my language or language of others in our home?
- Is there cursing?
- Is there harsh talking or trash talking in my home?
- Are there inappropriate magazines lying around?
Do I have friends and family members who are good character examples of what I want my child to learn and follow?
- Am I playing music that is encouraging and fostering joy and peace?
- What books is my child reading? Are they teaching helpfulness, kindness, and responsibility?
- What kind of drinks does my child know about? Soda, juices, liquor, or beer?
- Have I allowed my child to spend time with other children that are not raised with the same expectations I have for my child?
- Is my child spending too much time with friends who are allowed to engage in age inappropriate activities?
- Is my child allowed too much freedom with making decisions?
- Is my child given the opportunity to spend alone time at friends homes?
- Do I spend time with my child teaching them what I want them to learn to build their character?
- Do I set boundaries with choices to foster respect and responsibility?
- How am I teaching my children to tithe and save money?
TRUE STORY: My seven year old daughter never heard of the word beer or knew what it was until a child in our family explained to her in a few seconds what beer means. I was kind of upset because I wanted to tell her when it was time. But see children don’t know until it is introduced through their living environment. Sometimes, like this scenario, things happen unexpectedly and without your control. This family member was visiting our home. Afterward, I used this opportunity and turned it into a teaching moment. I explained in an age appropriate way what God says in the Bible about the inappropriate uses of alcohol.
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My friend this list can keep going on and on…I think you get my point though as to where I am going. As parents and mothers, we strive to keep our children safe. I think it is equally important to expose our children to things that will keep their little minds on things above but also to train them up in an age appropriate home. With that being said we want to equip them to stand firm in God’s love in how to speak to people, treat others, and respect their peers.
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Have I given you some food for thought? With this short list of questions, I hope it gets you thinking about the world YOU have created for your little ones or older ones too! Remember, it is never to late to start changing the way things are working in your home. You can limit TV, change out those movies, or switch out certain games or cartoons.
Consider the privilege in how we can positively impact our child’s life. We are the connection to their world. When we can see that through all of the diaper changes, sleepless nights, messy house, sick children, that the most important of all this is WE are protecting, helping, uplifting, teaching, loving, and comforting our children and THAT is God’s purpose for us at this time.
It starts with YOU and making those changes one day at a time. I am cheering you on!!!
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