Notes on Parenting

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Saturday, January 9, 2010

Media Effects: What are we doing to our children?

If you aren't convinced yet that the media and society have an influence on our children, watch this video.

What do you have to say about this issue?

But also we cannot blame 'outside influences' only, how many times do you yourself worry about how you look? or make comments about how you look to your spouse or others (in front of your children)? Usually, what parents value children begin to value as well, so if you are constantly worrying about those two extra pounds or your 'normal' human body children will begin to value a standard that may be unrealistic for their bodies. Our bodies are sacred. Be careful what you do and say.

Additionally, 'everyday comments' that we as parents make can influence our children's way of thinking about their bodies. For instance, which of the following is better?

child watching tv

"John! Stop watching TV all day. You'll get fat!"


"John! Let's go for a bike ride together. It's a beautiful day!"

Both of these statements have the same intention--get the child to stop watching TV and do something active; the parent is worried about the child's exercise habits, etc. However, the second one is much more effective on many levels. Instead of making the child worry about his body, the parent demonstrates a better option for his time and body, while also spending time with the child. It teaches by example. Be careful you don't miss these small teaching moments!

Do you have other ideas you'd like to share about this?



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