I used to have that hover-mother syndrome. You know the one. It’s when we as moms try to shelter and control our kids, nervous and fearful over their (inevitable) mistakes. But God has (mostly) freed me from that. I’m learning to release them into His control, trusting that the truths I imperfectly teach them will eventually stick and affect their choices.
Don’t get me wrong. I set boundaries. We have internet protection and fairly strict movie guidelines. But I’ve learned that we cannot keep our kids from seeing or hearing everything that dishonors the Lord. We cannot hide them away in a bubble. Nor should we want to.
They need to learn how to make choices in our fallen world. They need to learn how to evaluate what they see and hear from God’s perspective. They need to learn how to depend upon Him to guide them.
So I’ve started challenging my kids to wear their “bible glasses.” Yes, they’re imaginary but oh-so-powerful. I tell them to put them on before watching a movie or reading a book. And then I ask how what they saw or read lines up with what God teaches.
As a mom I want to teach them that the world is broken and it needs Jesus. I want to teach them that God calls them to be light in dark places. And I want them to learn how to evaluate life through the lens of His Truth.
Because as they grow, things like Magic Mike and 50 Shades will continue to be options. And I pray they eventually become adults that refuse to compromise. Adults that evaluate life through the lens of God’s Word.
How do you teach your kids to evaluate the things they see and hear in light of God’s teaching?