Tuesday, January 23, 2007

It's nervewracking...

being on the local news.

I'll just say that I couldn't get a thing done yesterday because a)I drank two pots of coffee and b) Robb was on the news at 5, 6, 10 p.m. and again this morning. While I have utmost confidence in my husband's ability to "give good quote," you just never know how things will get spun. One channel chose to play up the fact that the paper wouldn't print the ads, and one chose to play up the fact that we were talking about sex at church and combined another church which has been teaching on intimacy into the story.

And of course, our kids couldn't help but notice. "That is my Daddy!" Charleigh screamed at the television (so much that we had to replay it to actually hear what was said.) And Mattie, now at the age when she grimaces and yells at us when Robb and I kiss in front of her, asked for some clarification. We had a good chat after supper last night which I think did a good job of laying the ground work for her. You do begin to notice, however, after having this chat with your kid, that EVERYTHING on tv is about illicit sex. It definitely gives you a fresh perspective.

I think at last check, we had over 1300 hits on our website yesterday and some communication from people as well. My favorite was the guy who said, "Please don't be full of crap."

Okay, Dude. We'll try not to.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

great news. i love it. i love that it is FIRST stirring up conversation in your own house... how awesome is that. i was just talking to another friend about this last night... her daughter is 10. she has had no conversations with her about sex... i told her what i've been talking to delaney about and how that's been going. she was VERY encouraged by that, and i think she's going to look for a time this week to sit down with her daughter.

i told her, i know it's hard - we still look at our daughters and they look the five year olds we once had. they're TEN! only five years away from the first time i had sex. THAT is scary. delaney came home the other day with something written on her hand... she said it was a word she wanted to ask me about that she had heard on the playground... she said, it's like orange something or something like that. i looked at her hand... yep, orgy. she had heard it on the playground at ELEMENTARY SCHOOL! and she goes to a WONDERFUL school. it doesn't matter. kids are talking about it. so i sat and explained to her what an orgy was. is that something i want to do with my ten year old? no. but is it something i have to do? yes.

you guys are SO in our prayers. you will most certainly stir things up around arkansas.... but what a good stirring it is....

Anonymous said...

this this morning, and it SO applied to something that i'm going through right now... but instantly thought of you guys as well...

"the unspiritual self, just as it is by nature, can't receive the gifts of God's Spirit. there's no capacity for them. they seem like so much silliness. Spirit can be known only by spirit - God's Spirit and our spirits in open communion. spiritually alive, we have access to everything God's Spirit is doing, and CAN'T BE JUDGED by unspiritual critics."

you guys rock....

Anonymous said...

the first part should read... "i just read".... i'm having issues with comments today... what up with that?? aye-carumba!!

ness said...

yes...grrrrr ....my third attempt to post here....

It's so true that they are talking about it already...the first thing Mattie told me was that the older kids next door had "made her" say the word "sex" and then made fun of her and said she was "sick" for saying it. I was horrified that she hadn't told me when it happened...

Now, I think she has a framework or a file folder to put things in her mind when she hears things. We talked about how she will hear things at school and that she can always ask me and I will always tell her the truth. I was mad at those kids, but I think they really helped my point that I want what is good for her but that her friends might not.

My mom and I were talking about how hard it is to raise kids these days, but I don't like to think that we have it harder than any other generation. A little fear isn't a bad thing to keep us vigilant. I really do think that "good enough" parenting really keeps us from "great" parenting. And even a quick look back reminds us that we don't have to worry nearly as much about how we'll feed our kids, or if they'll be struck down with polio or measles, for example. Every generation has it's own evil to face....that's just life . I guess the thing is to be able to stop fussing about how things have changed and try to show our kids how to "do justly, love mercy and walk humbly with our God" in whatver cultural context we are in.

yeah, I know....easier said than done.

Anonymous said...

Funny, I was similarly nervous about Robb and Vintage being on the news all day. Had that icky feeling in my gut all day . . .

akr said...

ok, so i just watched the link off Robb's site...so cool! He did a great job. I am excited for you all.

Oh, and one resource that was shared with me about talking to kids was from Dana Gresh...she and her husband have a ministry called pure freedom and she produced a series called secret keeper girls where moms and girls go on dates and talk about different things. I heard her speak and she talked about keeping the lines of communication open and talking about it when they are ready. It was really informative. Her website is purefreedom.org

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