Zombie Apocalypse Lessons
With Halloween approaching, I thought it might be good to share my story about zombie apocalypse lessons with you.
We’re not a family who’s ever been into zombie stuff. "The Waking Dead" and "World War Z" have passed us by. I think we’re just kind of squeamish and can't really handle the gore, guts and lack of flesh-on-bone that comes in that type of entertainment.
Yet, a few years ago my kids got the biggest kick out of a conversation I had with a friend about how to avoid an impending "Zombie Apocalypse." According to our friend, you're supposed to go to the back of a grocery store (which apparently is pretty common knowledge) and do whatever else you can to save yourself.
So while we don’t watch zombie shows or even play zombie video games, we have talked about them a lot since that day, because we came up with creative way to remind our kids about unacceptable behavior that we call "Zombie Apocalypse Life Lessons."
It stemmed from the fact that although my kids know the basics of right and wrong and how to follow Jesus, there are times when they certainly don’t reflect it. As parents, we like to point out the ridiculousness of some of their behaviors by calling them Zombie Apocalypse Lessons. These are life lessons they need to know that should only be ignored if zombies ever attack. (Which we obviously won't happen.)
Bottom line—it’s another way of reminding them about what's real and what's not, and a truth they already know, which is that life isn't about self-preservation and we should be thinking about the common good.
Sometimes as parents you just make it up as you go... and you make life lessons ridiculous. These seem to be the lessons kids attach themselves to and remember for life.