Thinking Out Loud

January 18, 2011

You Be The Parent

Filed under: parenting — Tags: , , , , , , , — paulthinkingoutloud @ 7:22 pm

Today my youngest son, who is a junior in high school decided to be sociable with his best friend, who is also a junior and also a Christian, and his friend’s new girlfriend, who is a sophomore.

They were getting ready to play a card game when the girl said, “I have a deck of cards, too;” and pulled out a deck of Tarot cards.  As in fortune telling.

So now it’s time to play, “You Be The Parent.”  My son wants to know what should have been the correct response here — the deck was put away and the other deck was employed — or what the response should be if the cards make an appearance tomorrow or the next day.

I wish I could offer fabulous prizes for the best answer…



  1. Before anyone makes the rather obvious comment; the fact that yesterday’s post was about horoscopes and now today we’re talking about Tarot cards does not necessarily signal a new direction for this blog.

    I promise.

    This just happened and I felt it was worth trying to kick off a discussion.

    Comment by paulthinkingoutloud — January 18, 2011 @ 7:24 pm

  2. Hmm. Could be an unequally yoked pairing of your son’s friend and his new girlfriend. That’s never a good thing to begin with, if this is the case.

    Maybe an ‘educate but not pontificate’ approach would work, but in a private 1 to 1 with your son and his friend.

    Jesus’ way was often a well lined up question (with a testimonial in the form of a parable) to force the deepest kind of introspection from the person/persons he engaged.

    Maybe give your son the opportunity to role-play (with you) the proposed conversation he may need to have with his friend.

    In doing this, it may show you what he’s sure of and/or what needs to be illuminated re his spiritual conceptions.

    Best to you and of course, my prayers.

    Martin B.

    Comment by Martin Barret — January 19, 2011 @ 4:53 am

  3. Martin has wisdom.

    Comment by Brian — January 20, 2011 @ 2:46 pm

  4. I agree with Martin.

    A conversation with the friend, followed by one with the couple together would clarify the girl’s spiritual position and may present an opportunity to share the Gospel – or to inform about the Bible’s stance on witchcraft if she is a believer.

    The idea of a role play is a good one and the son should have backup Scriptures at call.

    Comment by meetingintheclouds — January 22, 2011 @ 4:12 pm

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