Last night was the first night at Religious Ed. (or CCD or PSR... or whatever the trend is these days...) at our parish. All the kiddos were in their classes while their parents were in a meeting. I took this opportunity to talk to all the classes about getting involved in youth group. For street cred, I brought along three teens to share their experiences (for the record, highlights included, "going to a real mall at the March for Life" and "CLI is the first time I sprained my ankle!" and me assuring the kids that we didn't just shop and get injured at youth group.)
En route to the different classes, they asked said, "hey, Miss Alison, what's going on in there".
"That's the parent's meeting".
"Can we talk to them?"
"you want to talk to parents?".
"Well, duh, Miss Alison. They're the ones that take their kids to youth group. They need to know how important it is."
Then the next one chimed in, "I mean, I wouldn't have gone if my mom hadn't made me go the first time. It's like, super important for them to know that they need to force their kids to go cause they won't want to at first. But it's really important they they make them go, cause it changes everything."
Wow. Wish the parent's meeting hadn't ended before we finished talking to the 6th graders.
These kids have figured a lot out.
Parents, never doubt your influence.