Run Your Kid Like a Business!

Kid business

Think about laying a dry sponge on the counter and dropping an occasional large drop of red kool-aide into the middle of it. After a minute or two you would notice a red stain growing in the middle of the sponge where the liquid is being absorbed. You could pick the sponge up and let it hang by one end, and none of the kool-aide would come out. BUT, if you left the sponge out all night under dripping red kool-aide, in the morning you could hold the sponge up by one end and there is no doubt what would happen…kool-aide will simply start running out. It would naturally overflow with the exact content with which it had been filled. 

In the same way, whatever is slowly dripping into the minds and hearts of our kids WILL naturally come out in their attitudes, speech, and actions. Whatever you are getting OUT of your kid is a result of what is going IN.

As a parent, I must take inventory of my kid’s intake. What do I allow them to intake from TV, music, their friends, video games, movies? There are two main words to note here:

Allow – that’s MY issue. If my kids are getting bad content in their minds, it is because I allow it.  For whatever reason—laziness, inconvenience, not understanding the need—I will be held accountable for what I allow. Period.

Intake – this is what minds do with content. Don’t be fooled, you don’t just listen to music and watch TV, you INTAKE it. You memorize and process it. That’s why you remember the words to those dumb songs you learned in high school and why you quote your famous movies and favorite television sitcoms…INTAKE.

Businesses take inventory constantly of their goods, practices, and competitors for the sole purpose of creating the best way to make a buck. What you and I are making is obviously a little more important!

My challenge is to take inventory over the next seven days of exactly what those precious hearts and minds are taking in. Seven day challenge: music, TV, internet. Don’t say a word, write it down and see if it passes the test of your value system.

Proverbs 4:23

Watch over your heart with all diligence, for from it flows the springs of life.”



About Kris Hogan

With a 16-year educational tenure under his belt, Kris Hogan has spent the last nine years working at Grapevine Faith High School in Grapevine, Texas. In addition to sitting on its administrative team, Hogan also pulls double duty as Faith’s head football coach. Hogan also was the subject of Remember Why You Play, a 2008 book by sports columnist and author David Thomas that chronicled the lives, struggles and successes of Coach Hogan and his team. READ MORE→