Where are your children right now?

Sat, Aug 28, 2010

Child Training

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A few years ago I heard a preacher give this illustration. 

He said that a few years ago he went to a pueblito (a little town) to go soulwinning. The town was a very poor, small town. There was no Mc Donalds, no grocery store, no Office Depot, no mall, just a few homes built out of cement and bricks and the small “tienditas”. (Small stores that people put in their homes.)

As he was going door to door he met a lady who was the kindergarten teacher for the town. She gladly listened to the plan of salvation and accepted Christ. Before leaving, she asked him if she could ask him a question. She said she had been teaching kindergarten for the last 15 years. She said over the last 5 years she had noticed a change in her students. She said the students used to be respectful, obey their parents, obey their teachers and dress modestly. She said over the last 5 years she has noticed that the children now do not obey thier parents, much less her, their teacher. She said they have discipline problems like they never had before. That the children have a harder time paying attention and learning as well. She asked him if he knew why there was such a drastic change in the children over the last 5 years.

He looked at her and said, let me ask you a question. He said, “Where are you children right now?” She said, “They are in the other room watching television.” He said, “Exactly! That is the problem with the children today. Television.” You see, this pueblito was so small, they had not had TV till 5 years before.

So, where are your children right now?

2 Responses to “Where are your children right now?”

  1. Tamara Says:

    I reminded of our own No tv days and am inspired to return. Husband on board too. We are steigimg with our kids worse than ever and though we don’t allow th computer time or just any tv channel, bc we don’t get tv stations. We have Netflix and Hulu streaming on our tv. It’s like these passive little mindless people sitting there and then as soon as its off, chaos bc the mind wants constant feed. We are seeing the connection of the decline in behavior to the tv amounts. Sad to say that my shower time babysitters are fired. See ya Netflix. You’re outta here! Thank you for this post. It helped us take a leap we needed to take.

  2. Nicole Says:

    Awesome Tamara! We too can see a very direct connection between amount of tv/video being watched and behavior. We have a balanced approach of Friday night is “movie” night where they can watch an approved show together as a family. The kids look forward to it and we have what I feel is a happy balance!

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