My kids think I’m strict. I’m rather proud of that. I’ll let them watch TV–even non-educational TV–within certain limits. With the exception of things like Scooby Doo (where there isn’t anything objectionable), I don’t want them watching shows where the main characters are older than they are. Like, they don’t watch The Suite Life of Zach and Cody. Or Wizards of Waverly Place. Please don’t get me wrong–there is nothing inherently wrong with those shows.
But my kids are 9 and 8. They don’t need to be thinking about the opposite sex or dating or any of that kind of thing. They don’t need to worry about clothes or peer pressure about drinking. Or sex or drugs. Nope. They need to be 8 and 9. They need to worry about homework and having to clean their rooms and get along with their siblings.
So many shows–good and bad–are trying to force our kids to grow up too quickly. Maybe I’m reactionary, but since that happened to me with pornography, I’d rather my kids stay innocent, thankyouverymuch.