To most of the world, my children are no longer little kids. I have a junior high student and one close behind; they aren’t babies any longer. One might assume that, because they are getting older, their knowledge of the world has increased along with their age. However, as long as I have any say in the matter, they will remain as innocent as babes.
All too soon, the world will jade them with its cruelty and its harsh realities. I see no reason to thrust this world upon them while they are still young. As parents, we are the ones who have the ability to guard our children’s eyes, minds, and hearts; are we doing all we can to protect them?
It starts when they are little, I think. We watch movies in front of them that contain scary characters, telling them it’s only make-believe. We listen to movies with language which is inappropriate for our ears, let alone kids. We compromise in little areas which open up bigger possibilities.
Thankfully, my kids still enjoy My Little Pony; go figure. It took one of my daughters the longest time to enjoy Wizard of Oz; the witch scared her badly. My kids don’t know what Grand Theft Auto even is, much less how to play it. They couldn’t tell you what a “bad word” is, unless to say “stupid” (which is banned in our house).
Yes; I realize, at some point, our children will be exposed to bad language, inappropriate behavior, and the dangers of life, but can’t that wait just a little longer? They will come to this knowledge by natural means, just being at the mall might be enough, we don’t need to invite it into our homes as well.
Before we know it, our kids will be grown and there will be little they have not heard of. They will be forced to face the crude natures of other people, the base things which exist, and the temptations of the world. While they are still young and impressionable, let us use this time to instill in them the desire for things which are good and wholesome.