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Be Strong and Courageous

Be Strong and Courageous

“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” (Deuteronomy 31:6)

It feels overwhelming at times doesn’t it?  “I can’t keep up – the things these kids are into…”

Our children have so many portals of information.  As soon as we think we know the latest news, fad, or phenomenon, another one comes along.

How do we help our children navigate through it?

  • We must be educated. Reading books on history, culture, socialization, and so on, will help parents understand current thought. In the past twenty-five years there has been a decline in plainly (without opinion) teaching the basics in schools.

 

  • Know what is happening by investigating cultural influencers. Use the Internet to discover what is “hot,” then investigate content. What are the lyrics of the top five songs on the music charts? What is the content and ratings of the top five movies? The top five television shows?

 

  • Watch (or read about) the news and current events. In doing so, seek balance – seek the whole truth. Even this week, as I write this, there has been a major plane crash, there has been another terrorist attack, and there is a major flood in the central United States. Yet most of the major news outlets are spending the majority of their coverage undermining political leaders with whom they disagree, using polls and rumors as sources. Clearly bias exists, but we must be above that to seek the truth stories.

 

  • Seek input from Christian or family-oriented sources that analyze media and culture from a family-oriented perspective. I often refer to the web-sites from MovieGuide and Focus on the Family. There are many others. Feel free to use the comments section below to make suggestions.

As parents we can’t force our children into the extremes. One side is absolute censorship; the other complete free reign. There is a middle ground that needs to be established and maintained. It requires some effort as a parent. Don’t let it overwhelm you. God knew these days were coming and He knew you would be a father (or a mother) during this time. Take comfort that He knows. With His help, you are up to the task.

By: Dave Trouten is the married father of two teenage boys and a Division Chair & Professor of Communication at Kingswood University.

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