How much freedom should parents have in raising their kids?

I recently read a news article that suggested parents were being neglectful because they allowed their kids to walk home from the neighborhood park without an adult. The kids were around 6-8 years old. When I was a kid I was allowed to ride my bike all the way around the block when I turned 6. By the time I was 8 I could go about 4 blocks away to see my friends and play at our neighborhood park.

I know we often say that things are different now or that the times have changed, but the question is, should parents be able to decide when their kid is old enough to walk home alone or should there be rules in place about it? If there are rules in place, does that hinder the ability of parents to cultivate their children towards maturity or does it keep them from making the kids “grow up” too fast? These questions can be applied to anything. Should parents wait until their kids are 13 to let them see PG-13 films or should they have the right to decide to let their mature 11-year-old watch some PG-13 films? Should there be laws in place about how old a child can be before he or she goes hunting with a parent or should parents make that call?

What are your thoughts? How much freedom should parents have in deciding when their children are old enough to do certain things?

GET OUT OF MY WAAAYYY!!!!! – Road Rage and the Christian Attitude

Living in anywhere comes with its ups and downs, but we can probably all agree that traffic problems are an unavoidable down to nearly every place.

We sometimes hear about people being victims of road rage that lead to hospital stays or even death.

How should we as Christians handle road rage?

First, Jesus commands us to love our enemies and this involves showing patience and grace towards those who frustrate us. Most people on the road are not actively trying to become your enemies. Some may not even realize it if they are being inconsiderate on the road. As one pastor told me, some people drive crazy because they just need to get home so they can relieve themselves. We do not know the situations of other drivers.

In addition to being patient with others, we need to refrain from becoming their enemies as well. We need to keep from making obscene gestures at other drivers, we need not stare at other drivers with whom we have become offended, and we need to keep from blocking the passing lane or tailgating other drivers.

In the words of the great philosopher Queen Elsa, we need to “Let it Go!!” When we do not take things personally on the road, we are less likely to become offended and find ourselves in a confrontation with another driver.

Finally, we need to pray for grace. Pray that God would give us the grace to keep our heads on our shoulders as we commute. We also need to pray for God to keep us safe. Our lives our in his hands, and we can trust him to keep us safe until it is his time to call us to himself.

If you struggle with having a bad attitude in traffic, one great way to change the behavior is to replace it with another behavior. Perhaps you could commit to praying for the safety of yourself and other drivers when you start to get frustrated. Though it may take a little time to become second nature, it is certainly worth trying.

For some reason I feel like this picture should conclude this post: