In today’s culture it is hard to find good entertainment, especially to watch as a family.
I have found though watching TV or a great movie can be a wonderful way to bring up great connections and spending quality time with your kids. I cannot tell you how many great conversations my kids and I have had about issues that have been brought out in TV shows and/or movies. There are often lessons you can apply to real life, even the hard issues! This is a great time to talk about what we believe when subjects such as divorce, jealousy, pride and other things come out in the show!
You have to keep in mind your children’s ages when picking entertainment to watch together. You also have to think about your standards andwhat your family rules about TV are. This varies a GREAT deal from home to home! Every mom and dad has different opinions on this. I’m not here to tell you what your standards should be, those should come from you! Stick to your beliefs and your gut on this one!
We do TV here and we really enjoy it. Like anything, it should be watched in moderation and should be only one way to connect. It certainly shouldn’t be the only way.
Some of the shows we have enjoyed with our children are: *Please keep in mind my kids are teens/tween. When your children are very young you will be watching a lot of PBS and kids shows:
Oldies (like Andy Griffith and Dick Van Dyke)
Murder Mysteries (love the BBC ones)
The Blind Side
Facing the Giants
Movies about people’s lives (biographies)
In a future post I will have some list of our favorite tv shows/movies. This will not be in the 31 Days Series but will be coming up in the following months!
Now that are my kids are older we even watch shows that are even more tense , however I always screen the shows a head of time and in scenes I don’t like or don’t feel are appropriate I skip. I do have a son that is almost an adult and I feel comfortable with many topics I wouldn’t have felt comfortable for him when he was younger. Many times the show has given me great prompts for conversations I want to cover with him before he leaves home. I feel it also gives him a well round education about the world around him.
For example, he may watch a bio film about Steve Jobs. He may see how incredible talented he was and how Jobs was gifted in technology like no other. However he will also see he struggled to balance his family life and often put business above family and friendship. We can then have a great conversation about the importance of staying in balance!
We also try to enjoy music with our kids. Yes, as parents we have standards and rules about the music they listen to but I try hard to stay up with today’s music. We listen to a huge variety, everything from Johnny Cash to Mercy Me! When you stay relevant in your children’s interest you are more likely to not only know what they are doing but also they will be more apt to come to you when making choices.
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