19 Apr 2011, 2:33pm
raising children


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    I’ve decided that I’m officially, seriously, nervous about Cylas going to school.  Watching other people’s children and their behaviors makes my nerves jump.  A lot of them have horrible habits that are only fueled by our society. 
    My job is to put as much as I can into my boy before he leaves my four walls to sit next to children who might have a bad home life, teachers who are hell-bent on stuffing non-truths and sick ideologies into his innocent head.  
    They are my competition.  They will have my kids for hours and hours at a time.  The “real-world” pulls no punches, they cock back and let it fly.  So that means I have to too.  My philosophy has never been to use God a a batter ram, but to show my child all of the wonderful things in God.  
    If Cy is mean to his sister I don’t ever say, “God doesn’t like that.”  I don’t want him to fear God, well, not like that at least.  But I want him to understand His goodness.  
    I explain God a lot differently than most.  Here is a perfect instance:  some days we talk about sharing with others, how it “makes your heart feel good” and how when “you do good, others want to do good, too.”  It’s very simple.
    God isn’t my go-to beating stick, he is the icing on the cake.  And that’s what I want Cylas to see.  God isn’t this big bad, bearded creature dude sitting up there with lightening bolts, no, he is our compass, the little censor light that blinks on and off to tell us when we’re not doing the right thing.  And if I can equip my kid with this knowledge, he will be just fine.  His “God light” will shine brightly and guide him through the day and each situation.  Then, he’ll come home and we’ll discuss any thing that troubled him.  
    I admit, my approach to God and parenting may be a little different than most, but I’ve seen what God becomes if he is presented in a certain form.  
    People can yell and shout at me, but I really don’t care.  God is the ONLY one who can protect my child from what this world is offering.
    19 Apr 2011, 2:44pm
    by Samantha and Stephanie


    Couldn't agree with you more!! And it is scary…I can't tell you how many times I want to pick up my girls and run to a cave…away from all the 'stuff' of society….

    19 Apr 2011, 5:57pm
    by East Coast-er Momma


    Yes, and I'm getting to the point that I want to be just as vocal about my personal opinions as everyone else who dislikes God or the God factor or thinks it's just a bunch of hooey. I bite my tongue a lot and smile because it's polite. But there is coming a day when these same people who hate/dislike all things God will be persecuting people like you and me. They are so off base. Uhg. So much to talk about, so little time and my soapbox is too small. Skype??

    Hi, I came across your site and wasn’t able to get an email address to contact you. Would you please consider adding a link to my website on your page. Please email me back and we'll talk about it.


    Joel Houston

    22 Apr 2011, 2:53pm
    by East Coast-er Momma


    Hey, Joel. What exactly is your website? I'm not sure I'm comfortable emailing you. I get a lot of spam on this blog…not sure I want to risk getting spam in my email, too.


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