Youth Lock-in

I am not as young as I try to be.  On Friday night we had the youth lock-in.  We had a concert which was too loud for me.  We played Sardines, which only one other person and I even knew how to play.  We played hide and seek.  We played tag and I had to take many time-outs for rest.  We had a “dare you to eat this” contest and I was a judge.  We had sodas and cookies and I opted for water and a sandwich, though the chips and salsa were a nice snack.  We sat around talking and I brought up an issue that gave the opportunity for a small Bible study.  We sang old songs and I knew them.  We stayed up all night and I suffered for two days… wait, no I’m still suffering.

It was a great night, but I realized I’m not as young as I act sometimes and I’m glad.  I don’t want to be going through the things those kids go through.  I’m done with that age and I do not want to go back.  I was glad to have my five young children around me again after being surrounded by 8 teenagers all night.  Of course, I do realize that coming home in about 10 years will be to a house full of teenagers anyway.  I doubt I’ll be up all night in 10 years though and if I am, the teens will probably be more likely to let me sleep than they do now.

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Mom to 5 children, born between 1997 and 2003. I enjoy reading books, blogs, and e-mail. I collect instruments and want to learn how to play a good variety of them. I love singing, especially with my children.

2 thoughts on “Youth Lock-in”

  1. Julie-
    I came over here from Choosing Home due to your question about you little one’s learning. I doubt that she/he -not sure which – has a learning problem. She’s probably just a late bloomer. Have you read any of Raymond Moore’s books? Especially – “Better Late than Early”. I struggled so with my daughter and was afraid she would never learn to read, much less Love to read! She really didn’t “take off” until around 8 1/2. Now I can’t keep her away from books – she reads constantly! I have 5 children and have taught the first four to read. (I also have a degree in Elem. Ed.) And I really learned to just not push it. Do LOTS of read aloud so that they see how enjoyable reading is!

    Hope this helps in some way ~Amanda

  2. Yep, I’m with you. I’m so glad I dont’ have to worry about what teens have to deal with today. I can’t help it, I worry about when my kids are teenagers. I just have to keep them in prayer that they watch where they step and Look Up to make sure they’re going the right direction.

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