Screens

It’s Not Too Late To NOT Give Your Child A Screen For Christmas

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The most powerful corporations of our time have made it cheap and easy for us to give them direct access to the hearts and minds of our kids.

They have intentionally designed their devices to be addictive. That’s why they’re cheap; they know once we’re hooked, we’ll habitually return for everything else their advertisers want us to want.

Here’s the ultimate hypocrisy: the creators of the devices don’t give them to their kids, while spending billions on advertising to insist that you should.

Here’s why your child doesn’t need more screen time for Christmas: screens generally promote everything a parent doesn’t want their kids to become.

  • We want our kids to grow up caring about others. Screens tell them it’s all about them.
  • Instead of fostering creativity, screens foster consumption.
  • Instead of inspiring deep thoughts and unique ideas, screens are a constant distraction, the arch-enemy of deep thought.
  • Instead of improving relationships, screens isolate people, and merely online relationships are one-dimensional and fleeting.

The fact that your child— along with every other child—wants the latest device doesn’t mean you should buy it. Kids need parents who love them enough to not give them what they want, but what is best.

You wouldn’t get your kids the ingredients to make meth would you? Even if they wanted it? Even if everyone else was doing it? Why not? Screens are every bit as addictive.

If you’ve already bought your child a screen for Christmas, it’s not too late to take it back or return it to Amazon. You can get them something that helps them become the creative, loving, truly connected, socially confident, and spiritually healthy adults you long for them to be.

(PS: Want to know a secret? This post applies to adults as well.)

Need more convincing? Watch Simon Sinek’s talk about technology’s impact on millennials.

Theology

Remembering A Hero Of The Faith

What other-worldly level of strength, character, and faithfulness would it take for your spouse to write this about you after fifty (50!) years of marriage?

A brilliant thinker who could engage any scholar on that level, a consummate professional writer who could pack more into three paragraphs than anyone I ever knew, a tender-hearted lover of poetry who regaled us all with Thanatopsis and Gray’s Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard (all stanzas!), and a man with a sweet grin and sense of humor which sometimes veered into intricate puns and corny jokes which he delighted in telling and re-telling to any willing listener. He was nonjudgmental, humble in spirit, kind in manner and as Jesus described Nathanael, “a man in whom there is no guile.” He cherished me for over 50 years, since our first Florida College days, delighted in our two wonderful children, and loved his six precious grandchildren who gave him great joy and hope for the future.

— Sara Faye Fudge

Edward Fudge and Doug Smith
Edward Fudge with Doug  (2014)

This is the fruit of a life well lived—all-in—focused on what is most important in this world. This is what all men should aspire to become. Not necessarily a brilliant scholar, but one whom those closest to him could say “a man in whom there is no guile.” And every husband should live so that his wife could say of him “he cherished me for over 50 years.”

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