Thoughts about parenthood
I’ve really been thinking about raising Nathan with good values. I mean, I look at other households with self-centered, materialistic, unhappy children and then I look at ours and there are no real differences. Its sad.
One issue is unfiltered/unmonitored TV and internet exposure. I think we, as adults, forget that we have the maturity and experience to deal with exposure to the things featured on the media while children do not. We instinctively know this- case in point, we know not to talk about certain things in front of children. However, we’ve become so desensitized to media that we no longer consider how it affects our kids because it “isn’t real”. However, if you place the media material out of context it becomes taboo.
To prove what I mean by it being taboo, would you allow adults to come into your home and “act out” sex with all the props in front of your children? Think about it. Would you allow your kids to take part in a violent skit with life-like guns shooting down people and using foul language? NO, you would not. Yet we invite this same material into our homes for them to watch. We write it off as “make-believe” as the term can magically render skits performed in person verses on a large tv screen as somehow being different or less damaging when it simply is not.
I think to break down this desensitization barrier of the media we need to ask ourselves an important question: if this skit/show/movie were performed in person in our living rooms, would we allow our children to still watch it?
Just something to think about.