Category Archives: PARENTING
My expertise, and opinions for that matter, are vast and wide. I answer questions about starting churches, running children’s ministries, anorexia, sexual abuse and parenting. I don’t claim to know everything about anything, but there is one area I’ve got it completely nailed down…
I see tweets and Facebook posts all day long, “Oh I have piles of laundry!” ”Oh how do I get caught up on laundry!” I walked into my sisters room today and saw piles and piles of clean laundry on her floor awaiting folding.
So how do I do it? How, when I have five people in my house do I stay on top of laundry? I’m going to tell you my secret. It will be the best mom-advice you EVER RECEIVE IN YOUR WHOLE LIFE! I promise, it’s that good.
Everyone does there own!
Yes, everyone! From the time Zac was five, with assistance, he started doing his own laundry. I trained my kids young, and I was trained young, too. I started doing my own laundry when I was in the third grade. It didn’t kill me-obviously. It hasn’t killed my own kids, yet.
Now it takes time to train them. Sometimes I still have to remind my 14 year old son not to just wash a few things at a time. Sometimes, I see my 16 year old bringing down a load to start at 10 at night. But the investment has been totally worth it.
I don’t hear things like:
Mom can you wash my….
Mom, have you seen my….
Mom, I don’t have any ….
My husband does his own laundry as well, but not because I make him, he just prefers to keep his stuff separate and stay on top of his own dirty socks. I do my own laundry, about 2 loads a week and floor mats. Everyone washes their own towels and sheets.
Life made simple.
I love the philosophy of don’t do for a child what a child can do for himself. I wish I was more disciplined with this in every area with my kids. Even though I’m a work in progress, laundry is not a problem in our household. And it could not be a problem in yours either.
What do you think? Could you make it work?
Have a great, laundry-free weekend!
Just look at that image and you can’t tell me it’s not a little creepy. I’ve never done the elf for that reason and my kids are too old, my youngest is frightened by it, and I don’t need one more thing to do in December.
Some Pinterest moms gets crazy with it, tearing up pillows , messing up living rooms… Not if I have to clean it up!
But what I dol I’ve is some of the names you have come up with for this little demon doll. The most original and popular is Elfy.
What is the name of your elf?
Over the last few days I have read countless blogs about Miley Cyrus and how we were all sexually violated by her performance at the VMA's. If you didn't catch it, just know that there was a stripper-like, self-deprecating display of hip movement and horrible singing in front of millions of viewers, and Jesus.
Writers of blogs from every genre are talking about how surprising her behavior was. And Christian bloggers have taken it upon themselves to personally offer her some sort of official grace and forgiveness on behalf of all of us, while sharing their genuine concern about the condition of her heart.
Was her performance disturbing? YES. Surprising? NO.
Come on people. It's YOUR fault. It's OUR fault. We did this to her. The American people. The society who cares only about themselves and the wants of their children. We did this!
We bought the Hannah Montana wigs. We purchased the $200 concert tickets for our seven year olds. We told her by our actions, and by allowing our kids to idolize her that her value was found in what she did and not who she was. We have even told her that she can sing. And we ALL know that's not the truth.
We are a selfish people who love to exploit the lives off others. Our first world, spoiled curiosity enables paparazzi to shamelessly follow every movement of every star. We buy the magazines. We listen to the E! reporters. We watch the VMAs.
This is a sad, silent epidemic. As adults, we allow behavior, and dare I say encourage certain behavior, in children whether they are stars or not. And when these kids act out, or have dysfunctional lives, or sadly commit suicide, we want to blame everything and everyone else but ourselves.
But it's our fault. We raise children to believe they are infinite. We raise children to believe their actions have no life-long or eternal consequences. Our children live without boundaries, with the freedom to make too many of their own decisions without the knowledge or the maturity to handle the outcomes. We want our kids to be happy. And because of that, young people commit suicide, teenagers hate themselves, young men think that true power is in sex and money and young girls think love is found in relationship with any boy who has money and wants to have sex. Because of that, Miley Cyrus…
and Brittany Spears
and Heath Ledger
and Lee Thompson Young
and Cory Monteith
and Amanda Bynes
and River Phoenix
and all the kids who attend your child's school, and fill the rooms of your children's ministry and show up for Youth Night. And that kid who skateboards on the sidewalk with his headphones on. And that kid who throws a crazy tantrum at the restaurant when you are trying to eat in peace. And that kid you tuck in at night.
They all need us. They need us to be more. They need us to do more than passively sit by and be entertained by their pain. They need us to stop waiting for them to destroy their lives so we can offer grace and forgiveness. They need us to show them love through justice and a standard to be accountable to as they go and as they grow. They need more than what we are giving them.
So when you talk about Miley, or read tweets about her, or consider her, consider yourself and how YOU need to change–not her.
Be the change that you wish to see in the world -Mahatma Gandhi