- We say “no”- our children don’t get anything and everything they want. If they cry and pitch a fit they especially don’t get it
- We don’t watch TV. JTom and I watch some television on occasion but in our house the TV is off. Lexie knows a few shows (more than I’d like due to being around other family and friends) and sometimes she watches Thomas the Train. But we limit it to a few times a month
- We don’t do Disney. that isn’t to say we will never take our children to Disney World, although I can think of a million other places I’d rather take them … Disney is an overpriced, over commercialized parent trap. Maybe when the kids are older we will visit, but we do not buy a bunch of Disney products or movies, etc.
- We pray. As a family. A lot. Much of this is instigated by the two year old herself. One of our family goals this year is to pray as a family more.
- We know we are created in His image, and seek to live closely with Him
- We don’t believe that today’s “normal” is normal.
- We don’t believe that today’s “good” is good.
- We don’t believe that certain things come with “childhood.” Sugary foods, not eating healthy meals, playing video games, and bossing parents around are not rights of passage in childhood. They are not part of being a kid. They are for some kids, but not for ours.
- We go against the flow
- Aren’t afraid to be ourselves, be different
What we do offer our kids is love, affection, time spent one on one, special outings, and an occasional splurge. They aren’t deprived; but our society and even people in our family would probably tell you that “having lots of stuff/toys makes kids happy. It’s just who kids are.” No, that is who kids’ are raised to be. That is how society has brought them up. But JTom and I really don’t want that for our kids. They have nice clothes, toys, books …. but they don’t need an excess of it all. Sometimes gifts we receive go back to the store. We would rather use the money for something they need rather than something they don’t even know they want.
I can explain it, but really I can just refer people to scripture.