I try to limit the amount of time my kids get to spend watching TV everyday. They get to watch cartoons for 1/2 every morning while they get ready to go. Generally we don't turn on the tv until after dinner, however I do make exceptions when both of my kids are really grouchy and whiney and I have to get dinner made! Their channel of choice.....Nick Jr! This is a channel that I can turn on and not have to worry about the language being used. The shows are interactive and teach a variety of subjects, the girls love Dora.
However the other night we were watching TV and I can't remember what we were even watching (nothing too bad because the girls were still up) but there is a new Reebok commercial out that uses the word butt. Now I know this isn't an awful word, but my kids aren't allowed to use it(and neither was I until I moved out of my mom's house). They also can't say shut up, crap, God or any of the other words like this.
I find it very disturbing that we can't even watch TV anymore at night without hearing some kind of foul language. How many cuss words are allowed on TV and radio? Too many!! I grew up listening to country music and still listen to it today. But it seems like I don't even want to listen to the radio with my kids in the car because of the foul language.
I often wonder what is wrong with the majority of todays children...I recently drove by an elementary school and saw young girls with thong underwear visible and belly shirts. I saw 2nd graders with cell phones! I am not trying to be judgemental but I want better for my girls. I want them to value themselves and cover their bodies, I want them to respect adults, I want them to use their manners at home and in public, I want them to be well educated and think about what they are saying and how it sounds, I want them to work for things that they want so they realize that hard work does pay off. Rules, regulations and laws have allowed awful language on TV and radio and reality shows give false perception of life. Too many children are given things, never having to earn them.
I guess what I am saying is that I am sad for our children today. I ask God to give me the strength to not go with the flow or what's cool and teach my children better, even if it means saying tushy and please be quiet!