Kids these days

Researchers at Cornell University have released the following: “A study in the journal of eating behaviors finds kids are more socially aggressive and disobedient when they have to hold onto their food.” Translation: If a child eats a drumstick, corn on the cob, or an apple with his front teeth, he will be mean to his peers and disrespectful to his parents. All of this brilliant analysis was the result of a two-day test involving 12 6-10 year-old children at a summer camp. One day, half were given a drumstick while the other half ate chicken nuggets. On the second day, they swapped. Gnawing chicken down to the bone meant that those kids were twice as likely to show a more aggressive behavior.

What should we do with such revelation? It won’t make chickens any happier – the end is still not good for them. We could give kids knives and forks and hope they don’t stab each other. We could put everything in a blender and everybody is happy – except the chickens. We could take into account that this experiment was conducted at a SUMMER CAMP. We all know how calm and relaxing a camp atmosphere can be. A clinical psychologist offered his opinion: “I put absolutely zero chicken stock in this study.”

One has to wonder what the good folks at Cornell will be doing next. Perhaps they could study NASCAR drivers to see if they drive fast.

Before we program our kids any more, I suggest we try to remember a few things:

  • It’s tough being a kid these days, but being a parent is no picnic either.
  • Children need their parents to be their parents, not their buddies.
  • Help them experience more fresh air, outside play; less TV, computer, and video games.
  • Don’t just talk to them, listen; my mom told me what your mom told you: there’s a reason why you have two ears and only one mouth.
  • Model your values and faith. Sometimes they can’t hear what we say because they’re watching what we do.
  • Love unconditionally. That’s how our Father loves us.
  • Pray for your kids …sometimes out loud, so they can hear you

I don’t know any perfect kids. I don’t know any perfect parents. What’s say we give each other a break? Lighten up. Eat a chicken leg

Mother’s Day is coming. May it be a day of honor, respect, and love. I hope you get to spend it with your mom. I wish I could do the same with mine.

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About Mark Wilbanks

Dr. Wilbanks became Wieuca’s fifth senior pastor in February of 2012. Mark’s father, Oliver Wilbanks, served as Associate Pastor here from 1966 to 1982. Wieuca had a tremendous influence in shaping Mark’s call to ministry during his teenage and young adult years. A graduate of both Southern and New Orleans Baptist Theological seminaries, Mark has served churches in Kentucky, Florida, and Georgia. He pastored Southside Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Florida for 17 years and Bradfordville First Baptist Church in Tallahassee, Florida for ten years. He and his wife, Kim, were married in 1979 and have two sons, Andy and Jordan. Andy is married to Lindsay and they have a son, Cade, a daughter, Ruthie, and welcomed their third child, Samuel, in October.

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