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11/01/2010

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carrie

great article, as always! I'm so glad you have been given this opportunity to share with us!
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Helen Voorhees

Just a few notes: how God has led me to handle the huge sweep of internet competetion for the attention of my 13yr old son.. First.. He is not allowed to own a LapTop. He has a Desktop- in the same room as my desktop (Side by Side) seating.. that way I can monitor what is being viewed and used- I put limits on time online, he has a 2 hour limit daily if all things are finished such as chores, exercise, homework etc. He is an honor roll student, and very studious. Gaming and pc time is about the only thing I can use for consequence when needed.. And it works!
Second, he and I (talk) alot about character- both his and his friends.. and what goes into good character vs bad character- i.e earned trust.. and integrity- I monitor his friends, and choose to be along on outings where they are together, while he is still young- We will frequently discuss the conversations or actions of these friends afterwards when alone-- He see's the descrepencies, and sometimes the compromise- and in this I am teaching him how hands on - how to use Godly wisdom to dicern character in his friend choices-- So when he grows into times where Im not there- the seeds will be planted.. True at 13 I can do this still- but this is what I believe the (Pre)gardening, weeding and nurturing--necessary to have good fruit.. Works for me..
We all do it in different ways... I prefer hands on step by step approach. And, I consider if the enemy is working overtime to capture him- I better be working twice as hard to perserve, train and pray for his protection- :-) Its not automatic once saved.. We wrestle not with flesh and blood- but real supernatural enemies- coming in all forms to kill steal and destroy-- Parents need to (wise-up) and be always on alert of the dangers..
We do alot of talking while enroute to places, breafasts or dinners out- (Im a single Mom) so we have lots of converstaions alone- He is also seeing a Youth Pastor at our church- a few times a month to talk about things- going on in his life as well as structured training on how to talk to listen to and seek relationship with God.. Not superficial like most, but intimately on a daily level.. Learning from another christian mentor other than a parent is really good.. Boys without Dads at home absolutely need a Male Role in their life to impart blessing and example-how to become a Man of God.
So, I dont have all the answers.. but my Son respects me, Loves God, has a soft heart for repentance, and a desire to love others- HE listens to my admonishments in all things.. heeding most. I am pleased at what God is doing in his life... And feel very blessed in my efforts.. I pray blessing and life into each one reading this-- that they too will seek out that which God leads them to walk in concerning the most wonderful important role/job you'll ever encounter-- raising a Son/Daughter (parenting) !

Jacqueline S. Wimbley

I love it Jon. You did a great job. You hit the nail on the head in so many areas. I have raised four children and they are all different. During the teenage years I must say they were all the same "CRAZY".

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Learning from another christian mentor other than a parent is really good

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Gaming and pc time is about the only thing I can use for consequence when needed.

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Gaming and pc time is about the only thing I can use for consequence when needed.

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Gaming and pc time is about the only thing I can use for consequence when needed.

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