Many people I know observe Lent.
But there are also plenty of people who don’t.
If you’re not a religious kind of person, you might wonder, ‘what’s the point?’.
Here’s a little about why we do it:
1. We appreciate the sacrifice made for us
2. We don’t think we are above needing salvation
3. We know we could always improve who we are
4. It feels good
Okay, maybe that last one is not 100% true for us in the beginning of Lent, and probably the entire 40 days the year I gave up chocolate, but in the end, if you believe #1 and #2, Lent is for you.
And believe it or not, there are ways to practice this 40 day event without suffering too greatly, and which can add to your family happiness.
Here’s what we are giving up this Lent:
Me: Swearing (okay, don’t judge me- my son describes it as ‘Mommy let’s it slip sometimes’ and his idea of cussing is “stupid”. Isn’t he sweet? Eh hem, and forgiving, I might add. He definitely would never ever want to be in the car with me when I see —— people ——- drive…) This should be a good 40 days for me.
My Teen: Mayonnaise (if you knew how often and on how many things she uses it, it’s a sacrifice)
My Middle Schooler: She’s got plenty to choose from but is still at a loss (stay tuned)
My Son: Legos (Again? Can he do that? I don’t know, but I applaud his effort because it’s sacrifice for sure)
Did you now that sometimes shutting off the T.V. and hanging out with your family can be considered for Lent? Me neither! So, check these links out for a better understanding and some ideas:
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I will go to my grave loving books as a first choice for learning and teaching. So, while I am Irish and a mom, I want to share some links to great St. Patrick’s Day books for kids and teachers!
|In lieu of a recent situation in our neighborhood and this headline in the news recently, I decided to have ‘the talk’ again with my kids.|
I realized pretty quickly, that even though we’ve had this discussion before, there were quite a few myths they believed about their own safety.
Have you had the Stranger Danger/Safety talk with your kids?
At what age did you begin introducing them to this scary but real concept?
Have your kids take this quiz. Parents, you’ll know the answers to the open ended questions, but see if they do. Likewise, try to guess what they’ll answer to the personal opinion questions.
You might be a bit surprised-and so might they-
- Do you feel safer at the bus stop or at the park? (This is somewhat of a trick question- naturally we feel safer near home and those places we frequent, so kids will often say ‘bus stop’, but then ask them part II of this question: Where is your guard most apt to be down?)
- Do you feel safer with a cell phone?
- If someone stops in a car and asks you for directions, what should you do?
- What if you recognize them as a ‘friend’ of yours, or mom and dad’s?
- Do you have a password or code that only you and your parents know (which if someone comes by to pick you up in a car and asks that you go with them (and your parents said it’s okay) that they will be able to tell you?
- Is a female or male stranger safer to talk to/give directions to?
- Who is allowed to pick you up from places, other than mom and dad?
- Are teachers, coaches, counselors and fellow church friends okay to leave with? Can they be trusted?
- What are you supposed to do if someone comes to the door of your home?
- 11. Do you know the local street names around you?
- Should you walk to and from school, library, friends house, bus stop alone?
The point of the this is not to scare anyone, it’s more to raise awareness and remind us of the things we already know so we are ready if it happens. It’s like school lockdowns and fire drills; we know what to do, but we practice them once a quarter so that we’ll be ready if/when it really happens.
I’m often weary of what I will hear from my teenager. Sometimes it’s funny, other times gross, and quite often it’s sarcastic (she gets that from me). She is honest though- gotta give her that… and I have to admit, there are times when she turns me on to things which just crack me up; this link below one of them….