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Toy Story Thoughts

Dave and I went to see Toy Story 3 on Saturday…we loved it!  There should be advanced warning for parents (especially empty-nesters) to bring Kleenex!

As we left the theater, we marveled at the marriage of  high-tech animation, with a whimsical tender story of childhood. The movie took us back to an innocent age, and made us long for that innocence to be extended for children.

Playing. Pretending. Using their imagination with dolls and toys.

I lament the fact that adolescence is what has been extended. 

In todays culture, our 10-year-olds are being turned into teenagers, and our 25-year-olds are being given “extra innings” of the teen age experience. This movie was a reminder to me that as parents we need  to fight this extension of adolescence on both ends.  To the best of our ability, we should push back the onslaught of teen dressing and thinking for our young children, and do our best to expect grown children to grow up. I’m making it sound easy, and it is FAR from that. 

Some of you may be wondering how I can square these thoughts of innocence with my encouragement to speak to children about the basic facts about birth and conception;  but I believe if we present the beauty and wonder of God’s design, we are indeed protecting children from other messages about sex in the culture.

Protecting our young child’s childhood, while expecting our grown children to be responsible will perhaps mean that living the teen-life is a shorter lived thing instead of  “to infinity and beyond!”

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