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Are We Forcing Our Children to Grow Up Too Fast? (Part 2)

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What can we learn from this?

Is the question I left hanging last post.

What have you learned from it? Have you done your own Bible study to substantiate my suppositions? Have you talked these ideas over with your family, with your children? Or did you just wait for the next post?

Well, this is my answer.

I think we are forcing children to grow up too fast.

And I am not the only one who thinks so. toddlers-300

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The real question is why.

I don’t think it is actually any of the reasons I proposed in my last post. I think the answer is very different and much more frightening.

I think the reason we are forcing our children to grow up too fast is that we are slowly letting go of our children.

Think about that.

We let schools teach our children more an more about everyday life and living and at younger and younger ages all the time. Children used to go off to school when they were 8 or even 10. Now they start at 3. And now teachers are responsible for everything from potty training and tying their shoes to teaching them about how to get a loan or balance their checkbook to how sex works and what to do when it works a little too well.

 

brave-new-worldYears ago I saw a movie called “Brave New World”.

If you’ve seen it you know what is was about but for those who don’t, It was about a city where every single person took a “drug” called Soma. The people in this city were classified as Alpha, Beta and Gamma and did jobs accordingly. “Safe Sex” took on a whole new meaning. Everyone was responsible for being as promiscuous as possible, for taking their version of “the morning-after” pill and for donating their genetic material regularly. Babies were not “born”, they were “grown’ in special incubators. There were no parents – teachers were responsible for teaching the children everything that a parent would today. As a matter of fact, “Parent”, “Mother” and “Father” were bad words that carried heavy consequences. And death was celebrated. Basically human life held absolutely no weight. Sad.

 

 

Even more sad is the very real possibility that we are headed this way ourselves.

Prescriptions are given for any little ailment. Teachers are as important in many ways as parents themselves and sex is becoming more and more about entertainment and less about the continuation of our species. It is also becoming “the norm” for people to be promiscuous. As we advance medically, we may be able to overcome most STDs but having our society go the way of the one in “Soma” would be a far worse thing than a few STDs, in my humble opinion.

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Are you being a parent or are you letting others do it for you?

 

 

 

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Are you teaching your children the things they need to know to make it in life?

 

And, are you teaching them to be responsible, moral people with a good relationship with God?

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Are you doing a regular Bible study with your family? Shouldn’t you start?

 

God Bless You and your family!

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Are We Forcing Our Children to Grow Up Too Fast? (Part 1)

– You’ve heard it before. I know I have.

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Both of my children (7 and 10) want a cell-phone already

 

 

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My 7-year old daughter wanted to wear makeup TWO almost three years ago

 

“Kids are different today…”

 

 

 

 

 

“Kids grow up faster today than they used to…”

 

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“The world is different now…”

 

 

 

But is it true?

Recently I have delved in to Bible study (REAL Bible study). Yes, I am one of millions of people who has grown up in church without ever really studying my Bible. I’ve heard all the stories so why bother?

Well I’ll tell you why.

There is a whole wide world of difference between the “stories: we heard as kids and the full, honest, in-depth accounting of the lives of the people who lived in Bible times. I could give you a million examples but for the sake of time and sanity, I’ll stick with just the one.

If you read The Book from the very beginning, especially if you know a bit about past civilizations and extinct civilizations from a world history viewpoint, you will see that the people in the Bible are not very different from people today… maybe not different at all. Yes we have internet now and we carry around tiny computers in our pockets but the same sins still exist. We haven’t thought up anything different from the people of the past, we just see more of it up close and personal thanks to Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr, WordPress, Blogger, Instagram, MySpace, Facebook and too many online news outlets to mention.

Amazing that we have come so far in so many ways while, in so many other ways, we’re still in the exact same place as our ancestors.

So the question is: Are we forcing our children to grow up too quickly? And if we are, why?

Are children growing up too fast because of how the world has changed?Internet Safety

– If you read what I wrote above, you’ll know that I do not believe this to be the case. Same world, same people, different toys…

 

 

 

 

Is it because children are so much more mature than they used to be?

toddlers-and-tiaras– Certainly this is not the reason. If anything, people are more foolish than the people of the past. We certainly do stupid things at a much younger age than the people in the Bible (Granted this can’t be 100% substantiated since typically not a lot is mentioned about most people in those early days before they were 30… the age a man was considered a man in those days) but I feel certain that it can be compared to people from the Bible doing stupid things when they were 90 or 150 since they lived so much longer than we do today.

 

Or is it because we are beginning to feel our own mortality so much more clearly?

– If you read through the Bible, you will note that many of the main characters spoken of in the beginning – after the fall lived for 900+ years. This was not abnormal in those days. However, after the flood, Noah (and possibly his wife) was the last to reportedly live past the 900 year mark.

I don’t know why lifespans suddenly shortened after the flood. And I’m sure there are a thousand different theories. Perhaps it was as simple as the drastic changes on the Earth affecting the human body. Maybe it was all part of God’s plan.

It really doesn’t matter why.

What matters is that it happened. Everything changed on Earth after the flood, except the basic human nature of course.

God destroyed the world because man had become so wicked but what was the first thing Noah did after the flood? He grew himself a vineyard and got drunk.

What did he learn from the experience he had just been through?

Not much in my opinion.

So what can we learn from this?

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Do you remember where you were on 9/11/2001?

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Do you remember where you were that fateful day, when you found out about the Twin Towers and what was going on there?

I do. I always will. Only the forgetfulness of old age or Alzheimers could steal something like that from me. Of course, they say you remember your youth better than yesterday so I will most likely always have it. And with old age, it will probably be more fresh for me than anything else because it was such a huge thing, a life-changing event.
My life will never be the same after that day.

What I worry about it this: Will it ever mean anything to my children?

imagesI have a somewhat different perspective on this than a lot of people I know and a lot of people who have written about it. I was already “grown up” when the towers went down. I was twenty-two that year. I worked, went to school and went about the life of a young woman with no real responsibilities. Most of my friends already had kids by then but I didn’t have kids until almost two years later.

And I wonder, will they ever be able to understand? Will they ever be able to know what those towers meant for us? Or what it meant to us when we had to watch them going down?

I can remember when the Gulf War started. I was in middle school. I remember it was scary but it was also a world away so I never really understood what it all meant to me, for me. It was just something that was happening far away to people I didn’t know. What was the big deal, right?

And I have to ask myself… Is that the way my children will feel about 9/11?

september-9-11-attacks-anniversary-ground-zero-world-trade-center-pentagon-flight-93-second-airplane-wtc_39997_600x450I will never look at the symbols 9/11 put together again without remembering that day. I will never hear someone say 9/11 without thinking back to it. I will never be able to look at a picture of the New York City skyline without tearing up. They’re gone and so many lives were lost unnecessarily with them. It doesn’t matter if they ever rebuild the towers.

I used to believe with all my heart that the towers should be rebuilt. Now I’m not so sure. No matter what they do, rebuild, memorialize the site or let it just sit there empty, the bad guys know they won. That was their victory. They don’t care that they died. They care that they succeeded. They took away lives, memories, a symbol of our country and it’s ingenuity. They made the whole world tremble in fear that day and that was their victory.

imagesCAW2Q22NIf we build the towers again, they will still know that they managed, in one day, to destroy them. If we leave the site empty, they’ll know it’s because they did it. If we leave up a memorial, they’ll feel like we’ve erected a statue to them. No matter which way we go, they still won.

And my children may never understand. My children may never be able to look at that empty skyline and know why mommy sheds a tear. My children will never get to see those buildings standing there, so majestic and proud. They’re gone now. And those buildings will never be there again.

911-memorial111I’m sure there will be a lot of posts written today about 9/11. It’s something we Americans feel so strongly about. There are so many of us who remember, will always remember.

We don’t want to forget.

Because forgetting is letting then win again. Forgetting is the way they hit us where it really hurts. When we remember, we say to them, “You may have won, but we will always remember that it was you. We will always remember what you did to us and we will do everything we can to keep you from doing it again!”

And we will always remember how the American spirit shown out of everyone that day. How people who didn’t know each other, people who were selfish at heart, people who were lazy at heart, banded together to save as many people as they could, get as many people to safety as they could, go in after stranded people.

And then we will remember that our troops went after those bad guys.

NEVER FORGET!

GOD BLESS YOU!

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