Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Disney Revisited...

In a previous post I was a bit harsh again Disney. I'm not saying I agree with everything they put up, but I do recognize that some of their programming has some positive value behind it. I didn't mean to offend anyone who loves their mindless (okay, some are thought provoking)cartoons. I, personally, enjoyed many of their movies, including their new movie, Ratatouille (for some reason the ones they partnered with Pixar for are favorites).

Maybe I was being hormonal or whatever, but the point I was trying to make was that as a parent I want to be more selective in what my child watches. My husband didn't grow up with his childhood surrounding TV and I like that idea, especially when even commercials can be degrading and offensive on public television.

Anyway, just wanted to make that post more clear. There's positives and negatives in a lot of TV shows and films, it's just making the choices of what's worth viewing by weighing those...


Anonymous said...

First I would like to congratulate you on the upcoming birth of your child … In response to your postings: Balance and harmony are qualities of life that many people seek, and this should be true in the act of raising children... Disney should not be expected to teach good morals or spirituality of course, but will provide a small measure of fantasy and entertainment that children (and adults) seek as a creative outlet ... knowledge can be found in the home, in school, and books from accredited scholars, and spirituality can be found in places of worship, the environment, and many other places and people (Jesus, the Dalai Lama, etc.) ... but wisdom and morality should be shown by example ... balance their experiences, do not try and shut everything out (of course, in moderation and with proper taste – I think we can certainly distinguish between Disney programming and say, the Sorpranos regarding what is acceptable to show children) ... but to be worldly is something we should all strive for - the dictionary version of “worldly” being "experienced; knowing; sophisticated" ... seeing the many things that the world is - violent, loving, friendly, cold, etc. - creates a well-rounded and compassionate human being that can contribute to society and give back to the world in some way, provided they are given the right tools to understand the many facets of the world that we live in ... sheltering a child ultimately leaves in them in the cold ... this is certainly just an opinion and not meant to offend, but to partake in a healthy dialogue regarding children … Thanks and good luck to you!

Gombojav Tribe said...

With all due respect, anonymous, "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom." Wisdom does not come from experiences. All experiences are not good. Experiences for experiences' sake should not be a goal.

Spirituality is not a goal, it's a reality.

We are spiritual beings and that part of our being can only be filled with Jesus Christ.

Even Buddha himself said that he was just looking for truth. He said that his teachings should be abandoned when the truth was found.

In regards to: "moderation and with proper taste" Who decides what is moderate? Who decides what is in good taste? The only person who can decide that for this baby is this baby's parents. And if they feel that the Disney channel is not moderate enough or is not in keeping with good taste then that is the way it is.

"Moderation" and "taste" are very subjective.

Natural Birth Advocacy said...

Heather, I think you're doing an excellent thing in preparing for motherhood. It's hard raising children in the world of today, it really is. I am guilty of not always filtering what my children watch...but am much more careful than a lot of parents. My children *do* watch Disney, but shows like Little Einsteins, Handy Manny, The Backyardigans, and Higgly Town Heroes. Only things that have a message of something or another in it. I need to be more careful, I fully admit that. : )

But I agree with you wholeheartedly. And for people who tell you that you will be sheltering your children and damaging much more "damaged" can kids get than how they are now? I'd much rather my children be sheltered--as CHILDREN should be. I was sheltered, and as a result I never slept around, snuck out of the house, did things to directly disobey my children. Sign me up for one of those kids! LOL

I think you'll do beautifully as a parent. We all make mistakes. It's human nature. We can only strive to be Godly in what we do and what we bring into our homes.



Mrs. and Mama Knifton said...

Thanks for all your positive comments!

Daja, I would rather my child be inexperienced as well. The world is screwed up as it is and I believe that with prayer covering my kids won't have to "experience" more than their share of spiritual darkness, if any.

I'm sure I'll be totally hypocritical as a parent during those times of frustration and simply wanting the child to be "entertained" so I can get things done, I just pray I'll be able to "entertain" them with biblical values and education material.

Christy - I TOTALLY want one of those kids! I was sheltered, but not quite to the extent I wish I had been. I know my hubby will be looking out for and guarding the purity our any daughters we may have!

Mrs. and Mama Knifton said...

Oh! And thanks for the congrats anonymous!