Does “Spring Fever” take over your home? It seems every year around the same time the kids get a little anxious and can’t wait for summer time. Time to put on bathing suits and and enjoy the sun. Time to hang out with their neighborhood friends. Most important, time without school! However, with the longer days every parent will hear their kids say “Now What?”
Sitting in church service today, I listened to our pastor talk about when Jesus left the earth, his followers asked “Now What”
… are we to do without our leader, who with show us the way?
… who will step up to now lead and guide us?
The content on this question can be used in many different situations. With in these situations, it had me thinking of our family and our lives as parents.
It can be used in the everyday situations.
I finished my home work, now what can we do?
I finished my dinner, now what can I eat for a snack (yes our kids will eat a full meal and then ask to have a snack as we are still sitting at the dinner table).
I just finished the last Harry Potter book, now what are we going to read?
It can also be used in the life changing situations.
I just graduated from college, now what am I going to do?
I lost my job, now what am I supposed to do to support my family?
I just lost a loved one, now what do I do to get through?
The “now what” questions don’t always refer to wishing for something better, instead it refers to how life is forever changing. For the good and for the bad. For the simple things in our everyday life to the hard to cope situations that will hit all of us at some point in our lives.
I look at the “now whats” as an opportunity. We have to remember, that children need a lot more of our time (especially if they are younger). So we need to take these opportunities as parents to take the question “Now what” and make a memory out of it.