AIM… “Hey, I gotta rep to protect!” These days, most kids don’t seem to care about their reputation. In fact, many of them think it’s funny or cool to have a questionable reputation because that gives them notoriety. Really?!? Who told them those actions or behavior choices were cool? Why aren’t their parents correcting their uncool behavior? Perhaps their parents are too cool to correct? You know the ones; “those parents.” The parents who think it’s fantastic that they are their kid’s friends. The parents who don’t read their kid’s text messages or review their Facebook page or Instagram profile. The ones who think curfews are old fashioned and watching inappropriately-themed movies with their kid is hilarious. Really?!? Who told them those actions or behavior choices were cool? What would THEIR parents have to say?
Truthfully, the pressure to be a cool parent is daunting. However, the pressure to raise your children to become responsible, God-fearing, intelligent, polite, outstanding citizens is even more daunting. It takes time to sit down and talk to your children about their lives, who they are hanging out with, and what they like or dislike. It takes time to review their technology usage, monitor their electronic conversations, and ask questions about their online friends and connections. It takes time to investigate movies, music and the latest apps and establish age-appropriate boundaries AND enforce those boundaries. Other parents might say that you are weird, uncool or not normal to be infiltrating your kid’s world. I say, I’d rather be uncool and weird every day of the year and know I have a kid who is going to make a positive difference in this world. Hey, I got a rep to protect too!
FIRE! Talk to your child (or a child in your family) about what they get excited about or what they really like to do (other than play with electronic devices.) Get interested in a few things they enjoy and see your connections grow and your positive influence will rub off.