Saturday, September 30, 2017

Something to Think About

I came across this blog post the other day.  I found myself agreeing with what the author wrote.  How could I not-- she loves Little House on the Prairie as much as I do!  Anyway, I wanted to share it.

5 comments:

  1. Very good post! I agree - and I like Little House on the Prairie too. :)

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  2. I'm going to respectfully disagree. The "Little House" books are a mixture of fiction and truth. I took an online college course covering those books, and life was horribly hard during those years. Ma & Pa Ingalls, like many other parents, were tired, worn out, and stressed trying to survive. Parents were busy with farm and household chores from dawn to dusk six days a week, with a bit of a respite on Sunday.

    I'm 54 and my parents didn't play with me as a child. They read to me, helped me button my doll clothes, but pretty expected me and my siblings to amuse ourselves. As I got old enough to be a real help, they taught me how to clean, cook, mow the lawn and so on. We had family dinners, TV time, and BBQs and board games on the weekends, but it was just being a family. Quality time is a phrased coined by middle class parents in the 80s, when both parents started working.

    I have no doubt that Satan works to drive a wedge between parents and children, but I don't think it romanticizing a shift to a "better" time is the answer. The answer is parenting our children where they are (like your decision to homeschool Dennis) and making sure that our lives as adults are an example our children want to follow. Even they will know we are Christians by our love, not by our fear of change or desire to control.

    Denise

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  3. Hi Christine! I loved LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE too. Life has become so much more complicated for people now days. Kids are constantly being driven from one activity to another and I too, think it rediculous. Everyone seems to want it all! Much too complicated. When I think of my childhood.....so carefree........but then I was a child of the 40's πŸ˜‚ My youngest daughter when she was little asked me "mummy, when you were little, did you wear long dresses and bonnets like Little House on the Prairie?" πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ Have a lovely day!!

    Marilyn from Canada

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  4. I also agree with the article. No, Little House times were not easy. But I agree totally that in general, families are super disconnected, and this leads to many deep issues.

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  5. I recently read this piece by Paul Harvey in 1964! (He had a daily radio spot for years and years. They were a wonderful mix of wisdom, trivia and Americana) This may seem long, but it says a lot of what that blogger stated. I find it very interesting that 50 years ago, folks were saying those same things.

    If I were the devil . . .

    I would gain control of the most powerful nation in the world;

    I would delude their minds into thinking that they had come from man’s effort, instead of God’s blessings;

    I would promote an attitude of loving things and using people, instead of the other way around;

    I would dupe entire states into relying on gambling for their state revenue;

    I would convince people that character is not an issue when it comes to leadership;

    I would make it legal to take the life of unborn babies;

    I would make it socially acceptable to take one’s own life, and invent machines to make it convenient;

    I would cheapen human life as much as possible so that the life of animals are valued more than human beings;

    I would take God out of the schools, where even the mention of His name was grounds for a lawsuit;

    I would come up with drugs that sedate the mind and target the young, and I would get sports heroes to advertise them;

    I would get control of the media, so that every night I could pollute the mind of every family member for my agenda;

    I would attack the family, the backbone of any nation.

    I would make divorce acceptable and easy, even fashionable. If the family crumbles, so does the nation;

    I would compel people to express their most depraved fantasies on canvas and movie screens, and I would call it art;

    I would convince the world that people are born homosexuals, and that their lifestyles should be accepted and marveled;

    I would convince the people that right and wrong are determined by a few who call themselves authorities and refer to their agenda as politically correct;

    I would persuade people that the church is irrelevant and out of date, and the Bible is for the naive;

    I would dull the minds of Christians, and make them believe that prayer is not important, and that faithfulness and obedience are optional;

    I guess I would leave things pretty much the way they are.

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I find your comments so inspiring! Thanks for visiting our family blog, and sharing your thoughts.