Just when you think you are “up” on all the latest methods. You know how to raise God’s kids God’s ways but another book, video, speaker, a 140 character tweet crashes through your “I am doing this right” self congratulation.
There is something else you should be doing, or not doing. There is another seminar you must attend, another facebook page you must “like”, another twitter account you must “follow”.
Your friend asks you, “You mean you have not heard about the webinar that is happening tonight? Oh my, you MUST attend. He is the utmost authority on parenting. He tells you how to turn your kids around in 3 easy steps. Everyone is using his method. You MUST hear him.”
“Who is leading it?” you ask.
“You mean you don’t know!!!” Now you really feel shame.
She continues, “It is Doctor Godly Parenting, you must keep up. It was announced in church, our home group has been encouraging us all to attend – we will discuss it next week. You MUST register.”
Again you wonder, “Must I?” There are a lot of ‘must’s’ there.
You feel overwhelmed. You are linked In, Google Plussed, facebooked, you twitter daily, you read, and watch and listen. You know about digg, and stumbleupon and all RSS feed. You read parenting blogs and newsletters. And your friend is saying it is not enough!!
After basketball practice, dinner, homework, baths, prayers, tuck in’s, doing dishes, cleaning the kitchen she is telling you that you MUST join those watching a webinar.
You have never been a rebel. You were raised with manners. It is not your style to protest or revolt. But today, you feel something you have not felt before. You pay attention to it. What is it? It is an unfamiliar “no”, and it is rising from your belly up through your abdomen, and out through your mouth. You said it. “No”. Actually it was more like “NOOOOOOO”.
And at the time appointed for the webinar you and your kids and husband find yourself at the park. It just so happens your puppy finds herself there too. How did that Frisbee get here? Before you know it virtual parenting is replaced by reality parenting. You all laugh, run, play and compete for that Frisbee. You walk, puppy in arms, and talk, and breathe deeply. Prayers that night included your children thanking the Lord for ‘park time’ with you and daddy.
You might just become accustomed to this. Real parenting over virtual parenting, bonding with your children over tweeting about parenting, breathing fresh air – together, instead of cyber chatting with other parents. Eh! It could happen.