Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Parenting 101: The But Why's...and 11 more weeks!


Helloooooooooooo Wednesday! I'm 29 weeks today! 11 more to go....ummmm wow slow down now...I'm totally not ready....I've got a ton still left to do! haha

Mini Me asked if I was going to hold off and try to give birth on my due date. Yes dear I'm going to try....(you see her bday is January 26th) I'm gonna do my best! I'd really like a February ♥ baby!

On to a little story I thought was great when trying to answer the "But Why" questions to your kids....

How many times have you heard....But why can't I? "Everyone else is doing it?" or the "Why can't I watch that movie/tv show?" etc etc.....

Mine mainly is the "why can't I see that inappropriate movie?" ugh....just because it says PG-13 doesn't mean it's appropriate for even 18 yr olds.

Our Pastor shared a story I thought was Dead On when trying to explain this subject to our kids...The one of Purity and 1 little thing can spoil the whole lot!

(I'm sure you have heard this story before)

Two teenagers asked their father if they could go to the theater to watch a movie that all their friends had seen. After reading some reviews about the movie on the internet, he denied their request.

"Aw dad, why not?" they complained. "It's rated PG-13, and we're both older than thirteen!"

Dad replied: "Because that movie contains nudity and portrays immorality, which is something that God hates, as being normal and acceptable behavior."

"But dad, those are just very small parts of the movie! That's what our friends who've seen it have told us. The movie is two hours long and those scenes are just a few minutes of the total film! It's based on a true story, and good triumphs over evil, and there are other redeeming themes like courage and self-sacrifice. Even the Christian movie review websites say that!"

"My answer is 'no,' and that is my final answer. You are welcome to stay home tonight, invite some of your friends over, and watch one of the good videos we have in our home collection. But you will not go and watch that film. End of discussion."

The two teenagers walked dejectedly into the family room and slumped down on the couch. As they sulked, they were surprised to hear the sounds of their father preparing something in the kitchen. They soon recognized the wonderful aroma of brownies baking in the oven, and one of the teenagers said to the other, "Dad must be feeling guilty, and now he's going to try to make it up to us with some fresh brownies. Maybe we can soften him with lots of praise when he brings them out to us and persuade him to let us go to that movie after all."

The teens were not disappointed. Soon their father appeared with a plate of warm brownies which he offered to his kids. They each took one. Then their father said,

"Before you eat, I want to tell you something: I love you both so much."

The teenagers smiled at each other with knowing glances. Dad was softening.

"That is why I've made these brownies with the very best ingredients. I've made them from scratch. Most of the ingredients are even organic. The best organic flour. The best free-range eggs. The best organic sugar. Premium vanilla and chocolate."

The brownies looked mouth-watering, and the teens began to become a little impatient with their dad's long speech.

"But I want to be perfectly honest with you. There is one ingredient I added that is not usually found in brownies. I got that ingredient from our own back yard. But you needn't worry, because I only added the tiniest bit of that ingredient to your brownies. The amount of the portion is practically insignificant. So go ahead, take a bite and let me know what you think."

"Dad, would you mind telling us what that mystery ingredient is before we eat?"

"Why? The portion I added was so small. Just a teaspoonful. You won't even taste it."

"Come on, dad, just tell us what that ingredient is."

"Don't worry! It is organic, just like the other ingredients."

"Dad!"

"Well, OK, if you insist. That secret ingredient is organic...dog poop."

Both teens instantly dropped their brownies back on the plate and began inspecting their fingers with horror.

"DAD! Why did you do that? You've tortured us by making us smell those brownies cooking for the last half hour, and now you tell us that you added dog poop! We can't eat these brownies!""Why not? The amount of dog poop is very small compared to the rest of the ingredients. It won't hurt you. It's been cooked right along with the other ingredients. You won't even taste it. It has the same consistency as the brownies. Go ahead and eat!""No, Dad...NEVER!"

"And that is the same reason I won't allow you to go watch that movie. You won't tolerate a little dog poop in your brownies, so why should you tolerate a little immorality in your movies? We pray that God will not lead us unto temptation, so how can we in good conscience entertain ourselves with something that will imprint a sinful image in our minds that will lead us into temptation long after we first see it?

What a good lesson about purity! Why do we tolerate any sin?

I love this story! It helps the kids have a bit of an idea what it is we are trying to say! Then again if you have boys like mine they will respond w/"Well I'll just close my eyes at the part I'm not supposed to see"

Maybe next time I'll actually bake the brownies and use them w/my story!


14 comments:

Shannon said...

Your church sounds amazing...what a great story! I'm going to keep this in mind for the many times in the future when I'm sure to hear this from GG. You look great, as always! A February (LOVE) baby would be so fun!

Aly @ Analyze This said...

Wonderful story! Thank you for sharing! I will try to remember it when I have kids in 3959546 years!! Ha!

Like what Shannon said ... you look GREAT!!! :)

XOXO

Expat Girl said...

I loveeee that story!

Caroline said...

That is a wonderful story. Thanks for sharing!!

Neely said...

Great story! And you are so cute preggers!!!

The Herd said...

So true!!!

Jumping Jack said...

What an awesome story! I'm putting this in the file for those teenage years that will be here much too soon!

You look great!

Lori said...

HAHA! how true. I love little stories like that from church-- they always make me laugh. I can totally see our pastor telling that story too!

Sam said...

Whoa.. that's a really good story! I'll have to remember that!

And yes, TOTALLY supply the poopy brownies next time.. hehe!

Karen At Home said...

Hi there, just stopping by from Webbisodes!!! I love the new blog design, I am also in the process of working with Shannon on a new design. Yours is adorable, I can not wait for my blog make over!!!

Morgan said...

Funny story! Would you use real dog poo? Cute belly pic, btw :o)

New Mommy!!! said...

Ha ha! That's too funny! You really had me following along there! very interesting!

You look beautiful! Hope you can have your baby in February for you and Lils!

New Mommy!!! said...

Beautiful pic by the way!

carissa @ lowercase letters said...

Love your 29 wk belly!!! Your beautiful pregnant... No wonder why you keep having babies. ; ) what a great story- how true! I must remember this as a teaching tool for the kids! And as a reminder for myself!

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