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When I was a “tween”, one of my favorite things in the whole world was to go to SkateLand Skate Center in Duncanville, Tx!!

That’s right baby!  I would put on my double reinforced knee tough skins.   I would slide on my v-neck velour shirt and securely fasten my “old skool”  lucky rabbits foot to my belt loop!  I was ready to roll!

Every Friday night was full of pinball, skate races, Air Supply, Men At Work, Devo, the awkward couple skate and the HOKEY POKEY!!

“You put your right hand in,
You put your right hand out,
You put your right hand in,
And you shake it all about,”

“You put your head in,
You put your out,
You put your head  in,
And you shake it all about,”

Join in and sing it with me…

As I started studying the lyrics to this ridiculous song, it hit me!!  Most of us are what I would call…



We put our right hand in, sometimes we put our left foot in, other times we put our butt in…but the last verse of the HOKEY POKEY reveals what God has called us to!!!

You put your WHOLE SELF in,

You Put your WHOLE SELF in,You put your WHOLE SELF out,

And you shake it all about!!

I don’t know about you, but I am tired of HOKEY POKEY PARENTS!

God has called us to raise world changers!

God has called us to protect our kids’ hearts!

God has called us to speak life and empower our children!

God has called us to raise powerful men and women of God!!

PARENTS!!  Today is the day that you must begin putting your “whole self” in!!

Would love to hear your confession today?  Are you a HOKEY POKEY parent?

Chris Spradlin

Chris Spradlin writes at EP is a blog that offers Jesus focused, honest, authentic, on-the-edge, innovative, entrepreneurial, get-your-hands-dirty parenting advice. Chris was on staff for several years at as a pastor and team teacher and now is a Pastor in Steamboat Springs, Colorado.  (someone has to serve in the heart of the Rockies). His wife’s name is Jodie and she has made the decision to go back to school and study nursing, so Chris is officially Mr. Mom where he is learning to cook breakfast, get kids ready for school, doc appointments, homework, dishes as well as laundry. He has three kiddos – Cole, Kylie and Tifton – and he passionately believes that if parents would step into their G