Under the pleasant, plastic smile.

May 18, 2009

march  Disney photos 15430 Ways in 30 Days to Save Your Family, by Rebecca Hagelin, has helpful, compelling thoughts about rescuing our families  from the dangers of today’s culture.  Not necessarily rescuing them from, or removing them from today’s culture, but recognizing and rescuing them from the dangers of the culture.  But even as she helps us identify some of the problems and pitfalls, she reminds us that we can be part of the problem as well as the solution.

“The reality is, most parents don’t want to look or listen too closely to what their kids are doing.  Why?  Because if we do find objectionable media habits, then we’re faced with having to do something about them-or turn our backs on the problem and our kids.  For many parents, it’s just easier to remain ignorant.  We often choose peace over principle.  We value a quiet home with uneasy smiles more than we value developing our children’s character, risking possible conflict along the way.” (Chapter 3, page 30)

Ouch!

It reminds me of Disney World.  We had lunch in one of the resturants where the characters come and visit while we eat.  All the characters wear a perpetual smile.  They are happy and clean and nice.  But the day we were there it was smoldering hot, and you know that under the character costume there was a real person stinkin’ and sweatin’ and probably swearin’ under their breath.  Not a pretty picture at all.  And think of all the garbage generated at Disney parks.  You never see it, but it’s right there, just under the surface.  The garbage is all hauled away underground, so it doesn’t disturb the fun on the surface.

If we are not careful we can creat the same hidden, stinkin’ mess in our family.  We must be dilegent.  we must watch and listen.  We must know what is going into the minds of our children.  If not they will end up in the landfill.

The quotation comes from 30 Ways in 30 Days to Save Your Family, by Rebcca Hagelin, Published by Regenery Publishing, Inc.

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