- Living speaks more clearly than talking. For example, an important factor in limiting children's TV watching is to curtail your own. In a recent small group discussion, the topic was television in the home--if and how we limit it, etc. I shared an idea of my mom's that excited several of the mothers in the group: TV money. When we were in elementary school, my mom made little "bills" in increments of a half-hour and an hour. As I recall, we were given 5 "dollars" per week to spend as we chose. We usually saved up 2 hours to watch the Sunday night Disney movie (remember that?!) and watched various sitcoms sparingly during the week.
- Time is the most valued gift. Such a true reminder at this time of year when many of us seek that "perfect" gift.
- Children, as they mature, need space in which to choose and develop their own values. Hmmm--I wonder what this looks like?
- Children are strengthened by friends whose families hold values similar to their own.
This concludes my series of notes from Living More with Less. Past posts can be found in the stewardship category on my sidebar. Thanks for adding your thoughts and suggestions!