Ok...really...I am not cut out to homeschool my kiddos. But after what I heard on the playground yesterday I am considering it!! I have been sick all weekend, and the kids were cooped up all day yesterday. We decided they needed to get out and run off some energy, so we headed to a new park. We went to a playground at a local elementary school, where a family was getting ready to leave and 4 middle school kids were swinging.
It was a great playground and we were having a good time....until.... a few more "big" kids showed up to play basketball. The ages of the big kids were approximately 14-16, but they had a little one with them...possibly around the age of 10-12. To make a long story a little shorter that younger boy headed over to where we were playing, but on his way one of the middle school boys who was swinging yelled out "hairy little faggot"!!!! My mouth dropped open and I whipped my head over to look at Joey...he just stared at me in disbelief.
What kind of child says that? What kind of parent allows their kid to say that? What message are we sending our children? I was so upset that I started rationalizing keeping my kids home and NEVER leaving the house again!! Okay, that is a little extreme, but can you blame me?
I know that I am responsible for raising my kids "in the way they should go", but what about all of the outside influences? I want to keep my babies safe and the world is just not safe anymore. They can't ride their bike down the street because they might get kidnapped....they can't go to a public restroom by themselves because they might get assaulted....and they can't even be around their peers for fear of being called nasty names.
I am so thankful for the influence of Christ, church and christian friends. I can only do my best, pray for my kids, raise them in the church and read the Bible to them. And through that I know I must put my faith. Horrible things can and will happen, my kids will be picked on and called names, but I must believe that we can handle whatever comes our way.