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  2. davis
    November 1, 2013 @ 10:18 am

    I don’t have kids of my own yet, so I ask to learn and prepare.

    First, it seems (in my limited experience) that parents who rule out Maleficent and Dumbledore are quick to run to Sauron and Aslan. Is there anything monumental that distinguishes between these (besides the authors’ backgrounds, which are external to the story and probably irrelevant in the child reader’s mind)?

    Second, how nuanced does this kind of training become? When and how often do we say things like “Witches are real, but Harry Potter isn’t”? How does age factor into how and when we introduce the realities of sin and evil into their minds? In other words, how does this article’s application to Halloween apply to things like the Holocaust and child abduction?

  3. joeycochran
    November 1, 2013 @ 11:07 am

    Re: First – Yeah man. I hear you. It’s a contradiction. I lean towards educate, which is a post in the future. Limiting screen time is also important and makes education easier. Unfiltered entertainment and unlimited entertainment is a disaster waiting to happen. Yet many parents turn on netflix and hand the remote to the kids. They watch while moms get productive house work done. Not wise. Rather, enlist children to help with house work. Every day is constant education. You only have so many years to do this. Our outsourcing of education is crippling parenting.

    I think parents fail to educate and then discriminate towards that which has been “stamped” as Christian. Functional pragmatism. They don’t discern what they are doing, and their children are puzzled by what makes Aslan and Gandalf okay but Harry Potter not okay. Especially since Harry Potter fits within a moral universe of defined good vs. evil. Those are likely the same parents that let a 12 year old boy watch Band of Brothers because it’s a cool guy movie to watch. They exempt violence because it is just violence. I’ve seen it all the time. The discrimination against Harry Potter is actually arbitrary. But what do they do? Become isolationists. Education and instruction is essential.

    One of my mentors permits movies like these after he reads the book with his kids (Narnia, Middle-Earth, Hogwarts). Literacy development over entertainment. With all these, they needed to be older and ready to be educated.

    Re: Second – Good points. We explain the realities of sin and evil when our children observe them and have a response to them. The world will do it’s work to introduce them. We do our best to protect them from those things.

    We chose not to put the Syria attack in front of them (Holocaust). But if our daughter (5 yrs) had picked up on it, we would have discussed it with her. Never dismiss your children’s questions.

    The child abduction talk we’ve had. That’s because she went through a time where sticking close to mom in the grocery store wasn’t a big deal to her. She had to understand our fears. But we didn’t show her a Criminal Minds episode. We told her that there are mean people who might want to hurt her and take her from us. That’s why it’s important for her to stick close.

    I hope the Lord blesses you with children. They enrich your life immensely. Many of these matters require personal discernment. You’ll also blow it. We foolishly did unfiltered tv watching for a time. Before our eldest turned 3, we realized our error. We also introduced some movies and tv too early. Now we’re educating a lot. Every time in front of the tv is an opportunity to educate, to have a “classical conversation” if you will.

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