Monday, March 3, 2008

Thoughts on parenting

Okay, so let me know what you think.

My parenting thought is about "teachable moments".  It all started with "The DaVinci Code" and my Mom-in-law.  Long story short, she said it isn't a good movie/book because uneducated will think it's true (even though the author has stated many times that it's fiction, similarly to a Michael Crichton, etc).  I said, "Why not educate yourself and therefore you can provide that "teachable moment" (although I said something different at the time).

She didn't like it.

Not even close.

Thought it was blasphemy or some crap.

Anyway, when "the golden compass" came out recently a lot of people said we shouldn't watch it, it was atheist, it was of the devil, how could Nicole Kidman do this movie! (because she probably got paid!)  Just all sorts of wacky crap.  You know... I'm a smart guy... let me make my own decisions.

That all made me want to watch it more.  The same thing with the Harry Potter series.  I read them all.  NONE of it made me want to learn more about witches and crap like that.  The argument is, "Why not let a kid do something relatively benign and create a teachable moment?"

I'm unsure this isn't a bad idea... your thoughts?


Jessica Cegelske said...

I don't have any kids yet, but I agree with you. It's about using your imagination. I think that's where the parent's role comes in to help fuel what is imagined/fiction and what is real/non-fiction. As adults, we have forgotten about that childhood innocence and imagination. So that's probably why so many people take fiction books as reality.

Tim, Sarah, Emily, Kyle said...

G Shou, I agree with you. glad the dance went well. I hope you did the running man in front of everyone.