Close the Gate!

I¬†volunteer in our church on Sunday evenings during the high school service.¬† We get to watch and play with the small group leaders adorable children while they mentor our less adorable teenagers. One Sunday I was assigned the infant room. Since the babies weren’t mobile, we generally kept the door open. I looked up to see one the little angels had learned to crawl, and had headed straight for the open door. I beat him to the punch and closed the gate/half door before he got there.

The other moms and I had a little chuckle about how we would love to be able to keep our teens safe so easily. While we all lock our doors and windows in our homes, there seems to be distractions coming in anyway. They slip in through the television, the computer, and , the phones! It is like being swarmed by a hive of bees. When I isolate one distraction and eliminate it, there seem to be 5 more swarming around my head.

Loving on those little people at church reminds of a simpler time in my family. Don’t get me wrong, I wouldn’t go back. You see, if I started all over again now, I’d know what was in front of me!

About Debbie

I have been married for 20 years to a Yankee, have two great kids, a fun and funny Southern family, and a whole bunch of friends. I try to enjoy the journey!
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5 Responses to Close the Gate!

  1. Katybeth says:

    Funny, I am not a church goer—recovering Catholic-born again pagan :-) but I do trust in my kids guardian angles to keep him safe. I have also told him that my life would be over….OVER if anything ever happened to him so to keep that in mind before he does anything stupid. It’s all about the Mom. I’m not smug but so far so good. Babies are cute–so cute but I think parenting just gets better and better and more exciting! Love parenting a teen.

    Nice to meet you!

  2. Stopping over from Simply Diane! Really enjoyed your post and I wish parenting our teens was as easy as shutting the gate! :)

  3. GranRie says:

    So true- I think we all can say there’s is no perfect parent and there is no perfect child;however, as parents we do have the respondibity of directing,protecting and surrounding them with love and security. I strongly believe in rewarding good behavior and consequences for unexceptable behavior and following thru with both. Enjoy your post Debbie~ Love you