If they Learn One Thing, Let it be This.

We laugh ~

It’s just a picture. A video.

No, it’s a real person!

Memes, GIFs. Late night and other tv. Podcasts, whatever else. You know what I’m talking about. Filters add a little makeup, and we forget.

I feel the shift, but also this is really hard to parent! When people are like avatars, it numbs empathy, right?

I had no idea the influence of humor would be such an opposite pole in the journey of raising teenagers.

It’s not everything, all the time. But have you looked at a kids social media feed lately?

They’re laughing at the strangest things, honestly. I don’t appreciate all of it, and I think that’s expected between generations. But there’s a side we can’t ignore. Ethical issues are thwarted with twisted humor, and it’s shaping minds.

Some of the memes going around are really messed up, I don’t know how else to say it. When Kermit the Frog commits suicide, comics condone rape, and racism is funny, — we really need to figure this out!

Comedy hazes discernment, and it awakens my mama heart.

Friends, this is our kids’ culture, every one of theirs. This is what they gather around. It’s how they’re growing up. Phone or no phone, with or without social media. These influences lead their conversations, and worldview.

I can’t stay on point, can you? Doesn’t matter. Trends are a distraction.

Today’s parents, all of us, have challenges with social media. And it’s impossible to monitor everything, all the time.

Hope depends on the heart ~ We can harness that.

So if my kids (our kids) learn one thing, let it be this. Treat others kindly, ‘how you want to be treated’ — off screens, and on screens. It doesn’t matter the format. We all agree, realizing the heart and the value of every single person is good. It’s Right.

The Golden Rule anchors us.

In a culture that’s less thoughtful, we have to decidedly lead against the grain. Media fog rolls in, so be conscious and ready. This isn’t a game of dodgeball. Would you say it’s more like capture the flag?

Digital parenting takes action. It means stepping forward. Being aware. It means pausing and responding. It sometimes means speaking up, when we don’t want to. Having standards. Finding teachable moments, seeking them out. Loving others. Valuing people. The Golden Rule is mindfully taught.

And when, not if, one of us fails — be the one who’s kind. Speak the truth, in love. Because we are all learning here.

Screens empower us! Use them for good!

Together We Thrive~

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