Odessa has become a star via her daily video rants and raves. She is a hoot! After viewing this video and reading many posts on Facebook, I have to ask parents, “Why did you have children in the first place?” Let me get right to the point, and with a saddened and concerned heart. Is it really that bad for your children to be home from school for several days?
Here’s several reasons why it is a blessing to have your children home from school due to the weather:
- These are valuable opportunities for you to instruct your children in the Word of God, to pray with them, to sing with them, and to go over their Sunday School lesson with them.
- These are precious opportunities to do crafts, teach them how to bake cookies (and eat them!), help do some spring cleaning, and/or rearrange the furniture in their room.
- These are fun opportunities to play outdoors. Go sledding. Make snow cream. Roll in the snow and make a snow angel. Build a snowman. Take a bunch of photos. Make a ton of memories.
- These are priceless opportunities for you to give your children your undivided attention. Many of their behavioral problems are due to you be so preoccupied with your phone or ipad. Turn them off. Listen and talk to your children. Ask questions.
- These are treasurable opportunities for you to influence your children, watch them learn, and see them grow rather than the daycare worker or school teacher seeing all the “firsts” and telling you about it later on.
- These are beloved opportunities to pretend. Build a blanket fort and camp out. Eat your lunch under the tent; maybe even sleep there with your pretend fire glowing through the night. Or, for supper, pretend you own a restaurant and teach your children how to set a table, serve others, and act at a restaurant. Or, pretend you are having church and let your children preach, lead singing, receive the offering, etc.
There’s one important aspect to the success of these precious opportunities—-PLANNING. Yes, it’s a whole lot easier to watch Frozen for the 1,237th time or to spend hours mindlessly surfing Facebook or the internet while your children “get on your very last nerve!” Let me say, I understand children can be rambunctious and parade their old sin nature for all to see, but most of their misbehavior is a lack of loving, caring, patient training and discipline that needs to come from you.
So, don’t squander these awesome opportunities because you are not getting to do what you want to do. Serve your children. Love them. Teach them. Hold them. They will be gone before you know it. God gave you children to enjoy and edify, not to endure.
Say, what do you have planned for tomorrow if you hear that school has been cancelled? (Btw, you and your kids should be so disappointed that school is back in session because of the cool plans you have made!!)