Fighting the modern culture on a daily basis is tough. Today’s families are busier than ever and it’s so easy when you are tired or just plain worn out to throw in the towel and set your values aside. I know. I’ve been guilty of doing it myself sometimes. As a mother of three now grown children, I’ve had plenty of battles and challenges along the way. And I’m the first to admit that I’ve failed far too many times to uphold the standards I’ve said I believe in.
As parents, too many of us are so fearful of losing that we never try; others give in or give up along the way. Many parents don’t seem to realize that in today’s world, you must fight to protect your child’s innocence, their childhood, their character—and their best futures. But it’s a battle that’s well-worth fighting.
According to the Institute for American Values’ Motherhood Project, “Ninety-five percent [of mothers] wish American culture made it easier to instill positive values in children. Over eighty percent of mothers expressed concern about the influence of advertisements on children and, more generally, the influence of media. Over eighty-five percent of mothers also agree with the statement ‘money has too much control over our lives’ and agree that childhood should be a time when children are protected from large parts of the adult world.” So the question is, why aren’t these same moms doing more to protect their own sons and daughters?
Of course, such concern over the pop culture’s negative influence on our kids is nothing new. One of the key motivators for my writing two books on parenting in the modern culture was the thousands of e-mails I have received over the years from parents who read my column. They express frustration, anger, and often helplessness—all powerful emotions that come from the constant onslaught of what has become a culture that has gone stark raving mad.
We can’t waste a single day. We have a very, very short time to mold our children’s hearts, and to develop their minds and thinking. Each day that we fail to take the opportunities to forgive and discipline and teach lessons from the “school of hard knocks” is probably a day we will regret. Somewhere down the line our children are going to learn about consequences—some of which will be quite severe and suffered needlessly because we didn’t teach them about the results of their actions when we had the chance.
How To Save Your Family: Commit to the Daily Battle