One of the beautiful things about this world, is that whenever things seem dark, there is always a way to give light to those around us.
Kayley Willis felt really helpless. Some of her family members have been going through some very challenging times--and there was nothing she could do to help. But as she thought about it, she realized that though she could not do anything for her cousins, there were a lot of other people she COULD help. And that is how 3E Snacks was born.
Nationally, 1 in 5 children struggle with getting enough food to eat. Kayley had heard of the idea of providing school children with food for the weekend and had looked into it a bit, but when she needed an outlet for her concern for her family members, that is when 3E Snacks became a reality.
In Becoming Rome: How Our Culture Celebrates and Promotes Violence, I shared several articles and studies that showed the scientifically proven causal link between watching violent acts in media and violent behavior. I also shared some articles that argued the opposite-- that in fact, media violence does not cause real world violence. If you haven't read it, I invite you to read it here.
What to believe? That is up to you.
However, I believe in educating hearts- or as Sarah Mackenzie puts it, "teaching children to love what they ought, and to hate what they ought." Charlotte Mason puts it differently, that we should teach children "less good conduct than good character."
In that light, I believe that as parents, we should be very deliberate in what we watch, what our children to watch, and how we vote with our dollars as we use media- holding influencers accountable for what they create or promote.
Violence is in the news every day: shootings, road rage, domestic violence, anger at our families, and disputes with neighbors. Sometimes people are injured or killed. Other times the violence is so subtle, we don't even notice it as the Arbinger Institute so perfectly teaches us.
Experts will tell you (though the news doesn't reflect it,) that crime is lower than it used to be 25 years ago - but it is slowly starting to rise again. Politicians and researchers argue over gun control, the Ferguson effect, and more. Honestly, it's hard to know who to believe as we talk about a variety of emotionally charged issues related to violence.
But no matter what the violence rates are, I think we can all agree that they are too high. So what if I were to tell you that there was something that may decrease those rates? Something that you have direct control over?
There just might be.
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Suggested ages: 7+ for read alouds
May not be a good fit for sensitive children.
I randomly received this book as part of a Sonlight package of books. I had never heard of it before, and had no expectations about it, other than Sonlight book selections are awesome. But this is fantastic! We are using it as a read aloud and my 8 year old who doesn't get excited about much is TOTALLY excited about it and never wants us to stop reading.
'Nuff said right there.
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