A couple months ago, I was thinking about my kiddos - ok, I think about them all the time, but this was different. I was thinking about their behavior during church. We are at church every Sunday morning, and R & R are usually pretty quiet. (That's not a brag.) My issue is that they are quiet because they are zombies. Brainless, technology-obsessed zombies. They come in, sit down, then immediately their heads drop to their laps and they don't look up until we sing the last song.
Ok, it is nice that they are silent. True. And they don't bother me for anything while I am listening.
The building could literally catch fire and they would not know it. And that's not cool. It's not cool with me that they don't listen. At all.
So I created a new Stu Mandate: Thou shalt not use technology during the worship service.
I discussed it with Stu. He was on board, but honestly, he is usually not sitting with us. He's a song leader and the technology control room guy (the irony of him being on the computer during the service was lost on the kids but not on me).
Buddy's mouth dropped wide open and his eyes bugged out when he heard the decree. Rea shrugged. Her bestie has been living under that law for a while now.
They both wanted to know what to do during the service. I told them to sit and listen. Or draw. I take notes during all the sermons... it's something I started doing in high school to keep focused (and that was before Power Point sermon days). Rea started a notebook of her own.
I am really quite proud of the progress they both have made. Neither one (rarely) brings the iPad into the building. Rea has never complained about the rule. Buddy does every now and then - I think he's more addicted to it, almost crack-like.
Anyway, below are some pics of some things they created during church.
Rea is 9 and Buddy is 7. Everyday is an adventure with these two! I love them so much.