This week in Quick Links, we take a look at the latest happenings in Hollywood, an “escape hatch” for your older kids, and what your principal wants you to know about your kid.
The X Plan
If you’re on social media, you’ve probably seen “The X Plan” (unless you gave up social media for Lent…for which we commend you!).
Bert Fulks describes a sequence of events to help your child get out of a problematic situation:
If anything about the situation makes him uncomfortable, all he has to do is text the letter “X” to any of us (his mother, me, his older brother or sister). The one who receives the text has a very basic script to follow.
Have you enacted this plan with your teen?
The Beast in the Shack
Hollywood is giving us a lot to think about right now. The Shack has always caused problems, and now it’s on the silver screen. How do we interact with a movie so closely tied to our faith? Do we watch it with a skeptical eye? Do we follow the story and see what we can learn? Should we even watch it?
There are two schools of thought: ScreenFish shares How the Shack Wrestles with the Problem of Evil (and You Should, Too) (and interviews with author Wm. Paul Young on the podcast and Aviv Alush) while Al Mohler says Christians need to better practice biblical discernment.
Then there’s Beauty and the Beast: and “The Backlash is Growing” (USA Today) over a gay character in the new live action film. Gospel Centered Mom gives her take on “Why Christians Can Calm Down.” Again, we go to Al Mohler:
He said there’s a difference between culture being infused into a movie and a movie glorifying a particular sin.
So what say ye, Kid2Teen readers? Check out these takes on these two films, and let us know what you think.
The Principal Called
Did the Principal ever have to call your parents? Did you turn out ok?
Pete Larson has a few tips to help us navigate those calls from the principal. First off:
1) Even really good kids can get in trouble at school – and that can be a good thing.
Read the rest of Pete’s 10 tips for us.