– Monday Muse –
Dear One, sometime ago, while moving about the house with the radio on, I caught the tail-end of a reporter’s segment. He said, “…The device monitors a child’s sleeping. If the child wakes, it sings a lullaby to the child.”
What… a device to comfort a child instead of a parent! Why? I caught a hot breath. I cannot stand it! What’s next?
I had asked that question before. I asked it when kindergartners went from being required to attend kindergarten half-day to being required to attend two full days, and one half-day each week. Why? I asked it again when they were required to attend five full days, five full days a week. It broke my heart to think of unnecessary separation between mother and young child. Sure, I was grateful that my little ones were too old to have had to attend such long hours at a tender age, but still I could not help but ask, “Why?”
In sarcastic moods, I could see a day in the future when government agents met with new parents in hospitals, directly after childbirth, to relieve the parents of the responsibility of childrearing. Absurd, I know, or so I thought.
That was until a few day ago when, once again, I overheard another conversation having to do with our children’s schedules. The discussion centered on a recently written article promoting extending the school day from 3:00 to 5:00 to match that of the majority of working parents. Why? If that should happen, a child’s home would be little more than a place to sleep! Disappointingly, the discussion focused on the convenience of the idea. They made it sound like the object of parenting is more about maintenance, than relationship. Is that what we are making of it? Why?
As I listened to the discussion of lengthening the school day, I had this thought. If we don’t reject the lengthening of governmental control of our children, it will likely happen, and before we know it, parents will only be given visiting rights. Why?
I fear extending the school day will eventually gain acceptance. Why? Certainly not for the sake of our children, but for convenience sake. Much like the device for singing to a fussy baby, on first hearing it seems heartless, but then it does make parenting easier…
“Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD
the fruit of the womb a reward.” Psalm 127:3
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