“Everything is okay in moderation.” This is a line of logic I use with my kids around desserts or fast food. The idea is having a treat or fries from time to time is okay, but too much is unhealthy. My priority is to teach the kids to make healthy food choices on their own.
With junior high age kids, one of my biggest goals this summer is to help them learn moderation with their time and energy. If it were up to them, they would have a sleepover with friends every night. They would choose to spend every day at the waterpark or pool, even if they have a baseball or softball game that evening. Sleepovers and days in the sun are a great part of summer, but too many of them and I have crabby, worn out children.
The bad news is I am a pot. You know, “the pot calling the kettle black”. When we are being hypocritical in my family, calling out a behavior in someone else that we are guilty of ourselves, we’re called out as ”the pot”.
I need to ask myself, “How am I modeling moderation? How am I spending my time? Do I say yes to every invitation at the expense of down time for family time or myself? When was the last time I marked out time just for the family to relax together?” We keep talking about a date night, but somehow between practices, games, events, and household projects it keeps getting pushed to the back burner. My goal is to make family and couples time a priority in order to create family memories and experiences.
How are you doing is modeling moderation? What goals do you need to prioritize for yourself and for your family?
Everything is permissible for me – but not everything is beneficial.
1 Corinthians 6:12a
By Heather Larson, M.A.
Wife to Peter
Mom of three
1 Corinthians 13 Team Member
Associate Director of 10 Great Dates