Television is a great medium for providing information, entertainment and education, but be warned if you think many of the dysfunctional TV families are teaching quality values to your kids.
That responsibility falls to us parents and your child’s future depends upon you faithfully discharging that responsibility.
We recently wrote a post titled, ‘Families: When Did You Last Do Something Just For Fun?’ because we could see so many parents missing out on the joy of spending quality time with their kids.
And today’s post is a kind of follow-on article, as we continue to be concerned at the number of parents who allow their children to watch hours of unstructured television time without realising the damage this can be causing.
Now please understand that we are not against kids watching TV.
We know the great benefits that can come from watching some programs, and we accept there is a great deal of quality educational content available for young children that can be of enormous assistance to parents.
And we enjoy a good laugh as much as anyone.
However, we are concerned at the number of programs which feature dysfunctional TV families that might have some negative influence over their young minds.
It has been recognised by many experts over the years that young children do not have the cognitive ability to differentiate between what they see being shown on the TV screen and reality.
They can’t often work out why that bright red box of breakfast cereal an actor loves to eat on the TV commercial isn’t good for them.
And they certainly can’t see the difference between an animated father slapping his daughter, and himself getting told off for hitting his younger sister.
It falls to us parents to ensure that we know what our young children are watching, to guide their development through these tender years, and to spend quality time with them, helping them to understand ‘TV Land’ and the differences between what they see on the screen and real life.
And if you happen to disagree just take a good long look at the growing list of dysfunctional TV families that are influencing many young families today.
Some of these are new programs, many have been around for years and have been enjoyed by adults around the world.
But many are also influencing your young child who is battling to understand the difference between what is funny and what is wrong.
Just some of those programs include:
- All in the family – bigotry, misogyny, arguments, and neglect
- Game of thrones – where do we even start with this incestuous, abusive family
- Breaking bad – how making and selling drugs and money laundering becomes acceptable
- The Simpsons – family bickering, abuse and insults are the norm
- Arrested development – family chaos, alcoholism and delusion
- Shameless – leaving the kids to care for themselves.
The question you need to be asking yourself right now is this: Do you as a parent want your child growing up thinking the Lannister family is normal?
Because no successful these shows might be, nor how much you as an adult might have enjoyed the show, if you allow your young child to watch any obviously dysfunctional TV family without any proper input from yourself, then you cannot complain when they grow up following their example.
Because without proper adult guidance, a young child may see that family abuse, disregard and infidelity on television as normal!
One of the most important things you can do for your child today is to be there with them. To spend quality time talking with them, playing games with them, supporting them, listening to them, encouraging them and guiding them.
Do these small things and your child will look to you for many of their values.
They will still learn some crappy stuff from friends and TV, but in the main they will emulate you. The person they love to be around most, and the person who loves being around them.
If you enjoyed today’s post ‘Why your children need to learn their values from you rather than from dysfunctional TV families‘, why not also check out ‘Parenting: Let Your Kids Be Kids!‘ And don’t forget to subscribe if you haven’t already, so we can keep you updated in the future with more great parenting posts.
Living each adventure,
Christine and Trevor
Empowering people to live a healthy, authentic and fulfilling, personal and business lifestyle.
Adelaide, South Australia.
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