Monday, September 26, 2011

Homecoming Week: Monday, September 26

Homecoming week is one of the most exciting and fun times of the year. If we could bottle the energy and laughter of this week, we could power the world’s turbines for a very long time. Parents, Example also wants to encourage you to help your son/daughter make this a fun, exciting and safe week and weekend. With that in mind, Example offers these tips:

1. Be sure to talk about the importance of making good decisions with your sons and daughters. Yes, they have heard this message. Yes, they may give you the eye-roll. How many times did we remind them to look both ways before crossing the street? We wanted to ensure their safety. Although the social pressures may be different, the goal is always the same: ensure the safety of your children.

Ephesians 6:10 “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power.”

2. If your son or daughter is attending a post-dance party or going to a friend’s house, be sure to contact the parents. Ask if there will be adults at supervising the “afterglow”. Ask the parents hosting the party if they will allow drinking? It may seem like an awkward question, but the potential future of your child is at stake. Taking the car keys from underage drinkers doesn’t make underage drinking any more legal or safe. It’s illegal and it doesn’t prevent deaths from alcohol poisoning. Serving alcohol to minors is illegal and can result in stiff penalties, including up to 90 days in jail and up to a $1,000 fine. In addition, parents can be sued if they give alcohol to a teen and the teen is injured in any way.  Here is just one tragic story that could have been avoided.

Isaiah 40: 29 “He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.”

Communication and information during Homecoming festivities can help ensure you and your child have a safe, fun and healthy weekend.

Matthew 26:41 “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the body is weak.”