A few weeks ago, there was nothing on TV that I wanted to watch, so I decided to give the show “Celebrity Wife Swap” a glance. It was very amusing, but very interesting. One of the wives was a WNBA player, Lisa Leslie, a popular female basketball player and the first woman in WNBA history to slam dunk a basketball. She is married with two young children. Lisa and her husband have a very active lifestyle and keeps everyone on a tight schedule. The children eat a sugar-free diet and healthy home-cooked meals that the family enjoys promptly at 6:00 p.m. each and every evening.
Lisa swapped with V-Jay Downtown Julie Brown, known as one of MTV’s first V-Jays. Julie is married and has a 19 year old daughter that has moved out to live with her boyfriend. She and her husband have a laidback lifestyle in which they enjoy life without daily schedules. In the evenings, the couple can usually be found sipping champagne by the pool.
Lisa and Julie swap homes and families for a week!
Lisa is bored with having so much free time and Julie is worn out from trying to do so much and cannot keep on a timely schedule.
Lisa gets Julie’s daughter to move back home and meets the boyfriend. The boyfriend was very receptive to Lisa asking him to take a step back in the relationship because they are so young. She then puts the daughter and her dad on an exercise program, which neither wanted to do, but afterwards both agreed was so much fun They especially enjoyed the quality time spent together. Lisa then prepared a great meal for them.
Julie tells Lisa’s children they can no longer play in the house that they must go outdoors. She then orders pizza to be delivered to the house and lets the children do as they please. Julie gives marshmallows to the children to put on their pizza, which of course, pleased the children.
As you can see, Lisa’s family has structure where Julie’s family lacks structure. Also, at the beginning of the program, Lisa’s family was sitting at the table for a meal and they were all holding hands with the children saying grace. Which family life style would you rather live?
The family structure as designed by God, and as outlined in scripture, supports the proper spiritual, emotional, and social development of a child:
“For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom his whole family in heaven and on earth derives its name.” (Ephesians 4:14-15).
Kids spell love T-I-M-E. ~John Crudele