This is the first of a series of emails that I intend to send to you related to one of my favorite books "12 Huge Mistakes Parents Can Avoid" by Dr. Tim Elmore. What I will cover here and in the upcoming emails is only a small portion of what Dr. Elmore discuss this in his book. I am not going to make this a series of 12 articles, one for each of the mistakes. Instead I am going to randomly choose some that I think the most poignant.
Let me begin by pointing out the obvious -- how different children are today, primarily because of how the world around them has changed. I have adapted to the point that I use my phone instead of a watch, a calendar, a camera, and a to-do list. Our kids have grown up with that plus more. They also use a phone for games, posting photos to social media, etc. Having tools like this available is an advantage but provides new challenges.
This kind of connectedness means our kids do not depend upon us for information as we did our parents. Instead they need us for interpretation. They need help understanding the veracity of their information and how it affects them. So let them google anything they want, but then ask what is your source? How do you know about its reliability? Ask how that information affects their lives and how they will use it.
Today kids can broadcast their emotions to all their friends instantly through the power of Instagram, but .they need us to help understand how to harness that power and when to temper it. Look at posts on Twitter or Facebook together. Ask them who they think will read it and what that person's reaction will be.
Even as the technology of our world is changing rapidly, it's important to recognize some things that have not changed. Thoughts, emotions, values, faith life, relationships with people are all still very similar to the way they have been for centuries. As adults we can help children understand what in this world is static and what it dynamic. Adapt to the changing technology, and enjoy the eternal reality.
Blessing's on your role as a parent,
Tim Miesner, Principal