Parents of older children often get bombarded with requests to watch the latest movie popular among their friends. But for those moms and dads who are hoping to instill Christian values in their kids, these common requests pose a real dilemma: how can we equip our children to be in the world, but not part of it? How can we teach them to take in entertainment through discerning eyes and not as a “blind consumer”?
One mom found a way.
Over on Plugged In’s blog, Adam Holtz shares the deal blogger and author Glennon Doyle Melton struck with her son Chase when he asked for permission to watch “Pitch Perfect 2.” He could watch the film – as long as he agreed to answer a detailed list of five questions she laid out for him. In Adam’s words,
“Glennon doesn’t just tell him to pay attention. She gives him specific, concrete instructions that will help him do exactly that. She asks him to focus on specific content that includes both behaviors (sexuality) and worldview (racism, sexism, body image).”
I agree with Adam: Glennon’s strategy is wiser than just dropping “the ‘no’ bomb” on her son. Glennon’s qualified yes will “lead to deeper reflection, engagement and conversation with her son.” And sometimes that’s the best way to inoculate our children from the dangerous messages thrown at them through entertainment.
I hope you’ll read Adam’s post, “Mom’s ‘Extreme’ Movie Advice to Son is Right On.” I think it will help you, Mom and Dad, as you seek to teach your kids to engage thoughtfully and critically with the entertainment they consume.