Friday, September 14, 2007
Beth and I were unwinding late last night and watching a sitcom before we drifted off to sleep (a habit we probably do far too often). Beth noticed something very unusual about TV families. She sat up and said “Where are the kids? Don’t they have three kids?” As we discussed it we realized that in some sitcom families the children are mere extras. They appear in some shows but some 22 minute episodes run completely without a peep from the children. I’m not talking teenagers here…small children. Like that is real life. My boys are 8, 12, and 14 and there are rarely 22 minute stretches that Beth and I could have a discussion without Little Ricky or Opie wanting to interrupt or run through the set. Okay, here’s my point: Unlike TV families that go whole seasons without interacting with the children, real families need one another. My children need my influence. The scripture says, “Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it” (Proverbs 22:6 ESV). Unfortunately, for last couple generations, too many parents have adopted this sitcom model of “raising kids”. Humans were not meant to be raised like cattle, but trained into adulthood. Unlike TV families, our problems can’t all be resolved in 22 minutes. To succeed in life, our kids must be equipped to love God and respect the preciousness of others. That won’t happen with them “off the set” watching TV or spending hours in the pasture with their X-Box. Children need interaction with the main characters…that means you mom and dad.