Archive for October 4, 2011

The last couple of days I’ve been thinking about the image of Christ and also our own image and whether we look and act like other members of our family. Well today, something slightly different, but still on the subject of image…

I’m going to show my age in this blog post by commenting on “youngsters these days”!

Here goes…

Image seems to mean so much to teenagers and young adults these days, that they seem to want to spend lots of their money on cosmetics and fashion items. This seems so different from when I was that age…though maybe I’m just getting forgetful in my old age! Lol

I certainly never had the money to go and buy myself lots of makeup and fashion clothes when I was a teenager, and it wasn’t that I was the only one who was like this, it just wasn’t the done thing a few years ago. Even when I started working, the things I bought with my wages were things I needed as a necessity. i.e. Work clothes. Buying some great fashion item or new makeup was a luxury I had to save up for, and to  be honest I think I appreciated my things more than I think kids these days do.

Here’s a question for you – Are the kids these days getting so much pocket money and so much freedom to spend their money, that they can buy whatever they desire?

Personally I think these days children are trying to “grow-up” and pretend they are adults long before they really are adults. I know some of the reason for this is probably down to the strong influences they see on TV from pop stars and other celebrities but this doesn’t make it right!

I know what I have just said is a massive generalisation, however I firmly believe that we should allow our children to look and act like children, not dress themselves up in clothes and makeup to make themselves look 5 or 10 years older than they actually are.

After all, how many people do you know who are well into their adult years who are still very immature, both in the way they act and in the real-life experiences they have had?

Childhood is a major part of every person’s life, it’s when we learn most and probably also when we are free to have more fun in our lives than we maybe are when we’re older and have the responsibilities that go with that (e.g. mortgage, work, children etc).

Please encourage your children to be children rather than pretending to be someone/something they are not…they need their childhood!