Be a critic.

July 30, 2009

Chapter 17 of 30 Ways in 30 Days to Save Your Family, is titled Be your own family’s movie critic.

Another chapter of difficult but doable common sense.  Hagelin points out the absurdity of trying to raise children of character when so much that the entertainment industry offers is completely lacking in character.  “It’s crazy to hope that our kids will grow up understanding the importance of fidelity, purity, and honesty when they are digesting a steady diet of garbage- and all usually paid for by mom and dad….If parents want to protect their kids and avoid censorship, they must be the ones pressuring Hollywood to change.”  (Page 162)

We must help our children make wise choices in what goes into their minds.  Just as we don’t let our kids eat a steady diet of junk food, so also we must have a say in their mind food.  We must not trust movie critics or the press when deciding what our children will see.  Discover for yourself what a movie is about, what negative elements it contains, and whether or not there is anything redeemable that would make a movie worth your while.  Use resources such as Plugged In ( to help you get a grasp of the content.  But the bottom line is, be the parent; be the guide; be the critic.

Talk to your kids; discuss the good, the bad and the ugly.  Remind your children of your family values and be mindful of the messages taught in the film.  Yes, every movie teaches something.  Let your children be a part of the decision as they get older.  A movie that is inappropriate for your ten-year-old might be alright for your fifteen-year-old.  If you teach them how to choose, as they get older they can make more choices.  “With great power comes great responsibility.”  If they make wise choices they get more choices.

Parents, if you are the leaders of your family, you will raise children who will always know how to choose good movies.  That doesn’t meant they will, but it is better than simply saying no without explanation; or worse, letting the culture decide.

30 Ways in 30 Days to Save Your Family, 2009, Rebecca Hagelin, Regenery Press


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