Tomorrow is my son’s first day of 2nd grade. I’m feeling
a little bit, somewhat, A LOT nostalgic right now, so I’m afraid you’ll have to indulge me on this blog article 🙂
We got his school supplies last week (yeah…I’m a procrastinator!). There were pencils, paper, notebook binders, spiral notebooks and notebook paper on the list. We even had hand sanitizer, tissues and ziploc bags. What I noticed at the bottom of the list was this:
Colored pencils (optional)
Washable markers (optional)
What???? Second grade & crayons are already optional???? When did this happen? I remember having crayons pretty much up until Junior High & then, we might have had them there too.
This got me to thinking…kids grow up so fast in today’s world. My kids love watching the Disney Channel. Sophie loves Doc McStuffins & Brayden is really into Phineas & Ferb. What my husband and I noticed is the other shows & how much older the kids are acting. There’s a show where the kids dance and it just seems they’re dancing more “grown up”…not necessarily what some would consider provacative, but still more than what I’m comfortable with.
I understand I can’t base my opinion on teeny-bopper shows on the Disney Channel, but I see it in other areas of life. I know I was ready to learn how to drive when I was 12 & wished a lot of years away. I couldn’t wait to get to Junior High, couldn’t wait to get to High School, college, driving, dating, etc. Isn’t it interesting that when we’re kids, we can’t wait to be “grown up” and when we grow up, we wish we were kids again?!?!
Kids have a lot of pressure on them today. I didn’t even think about ACT tests and college entrance exams until about Sophomore or Junior year of HS, but I think it starts much earlier now. You see Little Leaguers dreaming about making it to the big leagues when they’re 8 & 9 years old & parents push them into lessons and playing baseball year round. Don’t even get me started about toddler pageant shows….
I was thinking today about children…particularly about a story in the Bible where the disciples asked Jesus who would be the greatest in the kingdom of Heaven. For some, that’s a reasonable question. We have a pecking order in school, at work, why not here? Jesus’ answer? He called a child into their midst and said “…unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of Heaven”. Matt. 18:3.
Now, does that mean we’re supposed to act like the “Wal-Mart babies”, as my hubby calls them? Running around, spoiled & wanting everyone to wait on us, hand and foot? I don’t think so. What I picture is my son, asking questions about the Bible and the wonder on his face when we tell him stories about how God created the world, about the donkey that spoke to a man, about how a man and his 3 sons built a boat by hand & then loaded up all of the animals on earth & lived on it for the better part of a year. I think of the innocence of my daughter and how she is learning something new every day.
So, instead of pushing for our kids to grow up faster and faster, let’s take some time to enjoy whatever stage their in…celebrate the day and live for each moment we have 🙂