I am not a parent, but I did sleep at a Holiday Inn Express last night. Therefore, I have all sorts of parental knowledge dripping out of me today.
Actually, as a former youth & children's minister who gathered excellent parenting skills from TV sitcoms, I have some suggestions for you. And the suggestion is to listen to this excellent advice that was written by actual parents!
Specifically I want to share two parenting articles with you that I have run across. Today I'll share the first one which is not only helpful for parents, but is good advice to all of us. I encourage you to go and read the whole article by clicking the link or image below. This first article is about being mean, or rather why we should not be mean:
• What to do when someone is being mean to your child by Sandy Cooper
Sandy is a skilled writer with great humor and insight in her post. Here are some of the highlights for you:
Her son said "…this kid imitated me and laughed at me. He just kept doing it even when I asked him to stop. I don’t understand why kids always make fun of me. Sometimes I just feel like the whole world hates me.”
She reminds us that One Mean Kid can make him feel like the whole world hates him.
Mean Kids carry a lot of power.
She then shared six key points with her son:
(I'm only providing a summary of four here - so to get the full scoop, you'll have to go to her post)
1. There will always be mean people. There will always be people who don’t like you…. You can’t change that. All you can do is equip yourself to deal with hate in a healthy, productive way.
2. That voice in your head that says, “Sometimes I feel like the whole world hates me” - That’s Satan. And that’s a lie. There are way more people who love you than people who don’t.
3. Kids are mean for a reason…. But almost NEVER is it because of you. Don’t ever define yourself based on the opinion of the Mean Kid.
4. And the most important point she makes: Then I leaned across the kitchen counter, looked him in the eyes and said, “If you hear anything I say today, hear this…It’s the most important thing I’m telling you: Don’t EVER be the Mean Kid. Ever. And when you see another kid getting picked on, for the love of all that is right and good, go rescue that kid. Go put your arm on that kid’s shoulder and tell him you are on his side. …You might be the only one who sticks up for him! Be THAT kid. Be the one who sees the hurting, downcast kid and RESCUES him.
That makes you just like Jesus.
Wow. Excellent advice. And not only for kids. I need to remember this as an adult. And I need to share this idea with other people I know. Parents, be sure to share this reminder with your children. Being mean isn't being like Jesus.
May we all be more like Jesus.
And don't ever be the mean kid.