An Open Letter To Parents

I used to laugh at the commercials that would tell Dads to go play with his kids or to talk to  his kids about drugs. I thought  – DUH. Then, I had a teenager, now I know why we need a commercial to tell us to be a parent.We, as parents, need help. We need reminders of what we need to be doing as parents. Here is my open letter to parents as a gentle reminder of where we might need to be paying a bit more attention.

Dear Parent,

Do you know what your child is texting to other kids?

Do you know what kind of pictures they are sending to my son? Or that they are repeatedly telling him how much they love him? (A big thank you to the parents that actually read their kids texts)

Do you know what their pictures look like on facebook? The seductive poses posted by thirteen year olds are UNBELIEVABLE.

Do you know if they are on the phone all hours of the night?

Do you know what they are looking at on the computer? Do you know that there is a setting on a Mac computer called private browsing that doesn’t keep a record of the history?

Do you know that most phones now have constant access to anything on the internet?

Do you know that most boys have been exposed to internet porn by age TEN?

Do you know that your kids won’t set these limits for themselves and you need to set them for them?

Just thought you would like to know,

A mother of a teenager

P.S.Please hear my heart on this, we are fighting a battle for our kids. And we must put up some walls for us to even begin to fight this battle. I hope you hear my heart, I am praying that we all begin or continue trying to guard them  from as many of things as we humanly can. I can’t do anything about the ten foot Victoria Secret ad at the mall. But I can do some things.

I am  searching and trying to honor God in our parenting and have so far to go.

P.S.S Visit Vicky Courtney’s site and blog for all kinds of info on raising kids in this culture

I just ask that we think about these things. What God has called us as parents to do:

Deuteronomy 6: 1-9 “These are the commands, decrees and laws the LORD your God directed me to teach you to observe in the land that you are crossing the Jordan to possess,  so that you, your children and their children after them may fear the LORD your God as long as you live by keeping all his decrees and commands that I give you, and so that you may enjoy long life.  Hear, O Israel, and be careful to obey so that it may go well with you and that you may increase greatly in a land flowing with milk and honey, just as the LORD, the God of your fathers, promised you.Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one.  Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads.  Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.”

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8 thoughts on “An Open Letter To Parents

  1. Ok, Miss Kasey…check out the Focus broadcast today (09/14/2010). We started listening in the mornings on the way to school. It was the same ‘theme’ as your post. I think it’s funny (not really, I think it’s God) that I am being hit at all different directions recently on this very subject. It’s almost like the storm warnings they give before the storm comes telling you to find shelter. He’s warning me that the storm is coming, secure your kids and their way of thinking and why they need to be cautious…and do it NOW! It is uncomfortable to talk about it, but I would rather be uncomfortable now rather than later. We watched 20/20 last night that had pretty much the same theme, too. This all opened some conversation doors this morning on the way to school which were good. I just think that it was so long ago that we went through 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th grade – that we forget – we forget that there is a storm coming in their life and the attack looming on our kids. In fact just last week one of Corrine’s friends texted her and it contained information that should NOT be readly available to a 10 year old. We talked about it…that’s my problem, I overreact and then they aren’t comfortable coming to me. PARENTS – don’t overreact! I didn’t go to my own parents at times because I didn’t want them to overreact, but the consequences were so much greater than their overreaction.
    Anyways, thanks for the post. I needed yet another reminder.

  2. Beautifully said – if only every parent could read this – what a HUGE responsibility it is to be a parent – even more so in these times. Keep up the good work! Love you bunches! Karen

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