When Sheri and I were parenting our children, most of those years we were overseas doing that in another culture. Influenced by a set number of parenting principles developed from our own backgrounds and biblical teaching, our parenting moved forward at a normal and stable pace, and our kids seemed to be doing okay.
We arrived back in the USA in 1988 to bring our children through their High School and College years, and launch them into their future careers and life. Our parenting principles and thinking were still relevant and we (through a lot of grace given to us and our kids by the Lord) managed to get all five of our children through their rough waters and into productive lives. But the cultural shift was just starting in the schools and culture in 1988. Today these shifts and cultural realities are moving at breakneck speed of change.
Video on Change just came through to us today, and shows the pace of change you and your children will face. Because I’m a grandparent now with fifteen grandkids, I personally like to discuss and think about the implications of all of this, but honestly, I don’t know how it will impact my precious family. I’m just grateful God is in control, and not the forces of change.
And today there are famous people like Bruce Jenner, who hit the news reports, tabloids, talk shows and blogs :-), creating more turbulent rapids for stable parenting.
This article, written by Jeff Johnson for Focus on the Family, brings some helpful thoughts to you as parents, charting your way forward in a shifting sea of swift cultural changes. There are also a couple links in the article to information which helps stimulate and equip all of us to chart our course through the cultural morass hitting us today at jet speed.
“Many were surprised when Bruce Jenner started appearing in public with long hair, wearing a dress and then announced his decision to “transition into a woman.” Jenner was an Olympic Decathlon gold medalist, a hero and role model for many in the ’70’s and ’80’s. Yet, now we learn that all along, he believed he was a woman. Photos of Jenner recently published in Vanity Fair magazine were even more shocking.
When confusing events like this are broadcast throughout the culture, Focus on the Family is asked a lot of questions. And we know parents get asked questions, too:
- Daddy, why does that man want to be a lady?
- Mom, what does “transgender” mean?
- Can a boy turn into a girl?
- Mommy, I’m a girl, but will I ever change into a boy?
Transgenderism — also called “gender dysphoria,” “gender confusion” or “gender identity disorder” — is tough enough for . . .” (Read more . . .)