Recently we took Evie to see her second movie ever, and a conversation that started with a friend of mine left me seriously thinking and considering some things more so than I have before. While waiting to go in there were screens showing different movie previews, all of which were very graphic and violent for such little eyes. Even my eyes didn’t like what I was seeing. It was pretty early in the day too for this type of stuff to be showing, especially when you think the theatre would know that families would be coming to bring their kids to the early show times.
It left me wondering about several things. How can I help protect my child from becoming desensitized by graphic images like this? How can I make sure things like this never become normal and acceptable to her? What do I need to do as her parent? The questions just kept coming.
While we probably wont be boycotting the movie theatre any time soon, I will be more careful and vigilant of things. Perhaps we will not go to a certain theatre since we know screens are there displaying constant advertisement that we may not care to see. I know that things like violence depicted in games, movies, etc does affect children of all ages. I see it daily through the children at my work. It is something we are going to be watchful of even more so now. I know as our daughter gets older screen time will be limited, and monitored closely too. I do not remember seeing this much graphic violence when I was a kid, maybe my parents did an incredible job of shielding us from it, or maybe this is just a sign of how times have changed.
My daughter is full of love, and so much kindness. I do not want these things to impact her in a negative way. While yes, she will know there is bad in the world, we are sinful by nature, I want her to grow up knowing that there is more. “We love because He first loved us.” 1 John 4:19 comes to mind of what I want my daughter to grow up knowing. I want her to remain sensitive to these things, I can see it being a huge blessing to her as a person as she grows up. I cannot wait to see what sort of person she becomes, and I’m praying for guidance daily because being a parent is hard. Guiding these little people is a challenge, and I hope that we can help form her heart into so much more. I’m excited to see who she becomes.
These are just a couple thoughts that have been running through my head recently as a parent.