Oh Becareful Little Eyes…

“Oh becareful little eyes what you see…” a song most children sing some point in Sunday school class, and maybe a song most of us adults need to listen to more closely.  As parents we might feel it is pretty easy to filter what we can watch as “adults”  and what our children can watch.  I think many times we defend this notion because  we think we can watch things that our children shouldnt watch becasue we are “wiser.”  But are we?

I think we as parents need to challenge our thinking when it comes to what we think we can watch.  We are all influenced by what we watch, and our kids are as well.  Here are a few suggestions of how to help keep yourself accountable.

  1. Don’t watch rated “R” movies.  I know what you are thinking, but I will be willing to bet you will not miss anything that spectacular.  This is something I have recently adopted, and I know I am better for it.  When I think about it there are few “R” movies I have really enjoyed, and tons that were just plain awful.
  2. When you are watching TV, anything you have to ask your children to leave to watch, turn off.  The point is, if it is too explicit for them, it maybe for you too.
  3. Have your children hold you accountable.  Your children know more about what you watch than you may realize.  Remember they are soaking up every bit of what you do.  So if you are watching something that is questionable they will be right on it.
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