Wednesday, December 28, 2011
A New Year Cometh
This article originally appeared in the Pitter Patter newsletter of my MOPS group in January 2000. We were facing a new year, a new decade, a new millennium. A few things have changed over the the last 11 years, so I have updated a few spots in [brackets] and in color.
It is strange to think that not only were we raised in a different century from our children, but a different millennium. And certainly this is a different “age.”
The age of technology is upon us. My three year old has already mastered her “preschool” computer program. She can click her way through the screens as well as mom. Mom never touched a computer before junior high and then it was the one computer in the whole school for “kid use” – a TRS-80. It worked off of cassette tapes somehow. Sounds like ancient history. [Okay, so this really is ancient history, my now-teenagers are playing games over the internet with friends in other neighborhoods, took their driving test online, use Google instead of a dictionary or an encyclopedia, and rapidly assimilate new physics apps on the iPad.]
In the “good old days” my brother and I spent Saturday mornings glued to the TV set with such questionable fare as Bugs Bunny, Road Runner and Pepe LePew. They [child psychologists and parents] worried at the time about us not understanding why the coyote did not get hurt when he fell into the canyon. My children are not allowed to watch Saturday morning cartoons due to violence, bad language, bad attitudes, poor adult role models, and new age doctrines that are not hidden, but openly displayed. And forget regular daytime/ nighttime TV too. The coarse humor, overt sexual relations, and the “selling” of the homosexual lifestyle have made this hobby a thing of the past for my family. [The main TV show my children have grown up with is Extreme Makeover: Home Edition which is now about to go off the air! We were pretty good about keeping TV limited to that one hour a week, with "safe" videos thrown in here and there. With some new digital TV stations, this year my kids have branched out to Batman (Adam West), Get Smart and Hogan's Heroes. It has been fun watching them get a kick out of all the oldie goldies.]
School was a safe place for children to go and learn when I was growing up. Our children will find that a laughable statement. A teacher could hug you and love you like a surrogate parent. Now they are afraid to brush against a child for fear of lawsuits. [This year alone, I have heard of 8 kids hit by cars at their bus stops, 2 bus drivers who went to battle with students on their buses, a bus driver that wouldn't let a parent board, teachers and principal who fell into the pits of pornography, sexual abuse, and cheating with and for their students. Bullying continues to sky-rocket even with all this "tolerance training." We opted instead for the last 10 years to homeschool. Our homeschool isn't perfect: we are behind in some things. But, my children know the Lord, they tend toward kind and respectful, and we know each other.]
[I wrote this article BEFORE the events of 9/11...just think of how that one event affected our lives. Airport security; field trip tours to the dairy, the newspaper, and other interesting places; bag checks at theme parks, and so much more!]
Doctors used to know you and your family and your history. [Uh, let me know if you can find one of those near me.] Restaurant and grocery store employees used to be friendly and competent. [Not to be rude, but if the power goes out, nobody knows what to do. There is no way for a cashier to tally up your groceries (they are not visibly marked anymore) even if she is able to do the math. I have noticed with the recent recession that workers are tending to be happier in having a job and working harder to keep them.]
This new society begs the question, “How can a young man keep his way pure?” The answer, however old-fashioned, is still “By keeping it according to Thy word.” (Psalm 119:9)
How can we best help our children in the New Millennium? By teaching them God’s Word from the Bible and giving them God’s standards for living. Maybe they won’t fit in with their generation. I pray they will not.