Philippians 4:8 “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.”
Children are impressionable. I promise.
I will never forget my love for watching soap operas as a young mom. I kept them on during the daytime hours. The boys were small and as I changed diapers, gave baths, did laundry, dishes, dusting, lunch, dinner…..I kept the television on. After all, the boys were little and did not pay attention, right?
One afternoon while I was doing some ironing (what?); I overheard my then three year old son talking in his sweet little three year old voice to his bear: “Darling, do you want a drink? Why won’t you kiss me? Your husband won’t be home for a while.”
I think I dropped the iron on my foot.
I stopped watching soap operas. At least in front of the boys.
As they got older, so did my constant quoting of Philippians 4:8. That is one scripture I knew that they knew from memory. And they thought I was awful….
“Can I watch that television program?” “Why not?”
“Can I buy that tape?” “Why not?”
“Can I play that video game at Nathan’s house?” “Why not?”
We were constantly trying to explain what we meant and how it would affect their spiritual and emotional health. They basically thought we were crazy and making awful rules.
Teaching in the public schools confirmed what I had learned as a parent. Some of my students over the years were exposed to things in this world that adults shouldn’t even be exposed to….it was so sad.
So what is a parent to do?
In my humble opinion….Be a responsible Parent. Don’t expose them to things at a young age that will affect their spiritual or emotional health. Think about it. Don’t set them in front of a television and let it be a babysitter! These days the commercials can even be questionable.
When they are old enough and not in your presence, they will make their own decisions. You can rest knowing that you taught them the best you could……
Call me old fashioned….but I still believe….
Garbage in, garbage out!
IN CHRIST ALONE
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