What does modesty mean? That is a good question to ask your sons and daughters. It is especially good to address this if you have a pre-teen daughter. “All the girls at school are wearing these, why can’t I?”… “It’s my body; shouldn’t I decide what to put on it?” These questions reflect the timeless struggle between teen girls and their parents over the issue of modesty. This issue is more critical than ever in today’s society, where pre-teens are encouraged by the media and peers to act and dress years older than they actually are. Everywhere you look, young girls – whether in real life, on television, or in advertisements – are dressed in ways that emphasize their sexuality and, to be blunt, degrade the value of female character. This makes for a good conversation and you might be surprised on how much your daughters agree with you. They just need to hear it.
Sixth-graders who spent more time watching TV had a greater likelihood of consuming junk food and soda than did those who devoted an equal amount of time to playing video games or using the computer, University of Michigan researchers found. Two to six hours of screen time was associated with excess weight and higher blood pressure levels compared with less than an hour of electronic media use, the study found. The findings were presented at the American College of Cardiology meeting. Send your kids outside to play. Better yet, go outside with them!
Forty-five percent of children younger than 8 and 80% of those ages 14 to 15 exceeded the recommended screen time for electronic devices (less than 2 hours per day), an Australian study in BMC Public Health indicated. Researchers also found girls were more likely than boys to spend more time watching television, surfing the net and using social media according to a recent article from DailyRX.com. Studies have found that, when children spend prolonged lengths of time staring into screens, their physical and mental health may suffer. For instance, increased TV viewing over time has been linked to a higher risk of depression and anxiety among teen girls.
People who work with children — parents, teachers, pediatricians, Sunday school teachers — are all uniformly observing that kids have shorter attention spans, require large amounts of super sensory input to hold attention, struggle with restlessness and distractability more, have very little patience, have difficult time sitting quietly and have less developed social and emotional coping skills that come from working with lots of live people. We can wait for a scientific study to prove it or we can as parents recognize the impact this new lifestyle is having on our children in an everyday manner and decide if this is the new type of kid we want to raise.
So, parents, what should we do? Take your kids outside in nature, go hiking or biking, or go to a park to get some fresh air and quality family time. Play sports and play games with your kids. Give teenagers gadget breaks. Do not bring gadgets to the dinner table, when playing outside or in nature. Parents have to lead by example. If they always look at their phone when with their children, then that is what their kids will do.
Too much TV can have a profoundly negative effect on your children’s developing minds, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. Their findings show that higher levels of television viewing correlate with lower levels of academic performance; that the nature of TV stimulus may predispose some children to attention problems; and that mindless television shows may slow the development of the areas of the brain responsible for self control, moral judgment and attention.
This means that too much TV can cause physical changes in your kid’s brain! And this should worry any caring parent. So if your children are watching too much television, turn it off. Hand them a book, and by doing so, you will turn on their minds.
Did you know that more people have heard the Christmas story from Linus, the character in Peanuts, than from anybody else. If you want to watch it, go to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CojUP5nRidA and notice that he puts aside his ever-present security blanket… the only time in the comic strip he ever does so.
Ever heard this question around your house? When your kids want to watch or listen to something and you say “no,” they respond, “Well what’s wrong with it?” Why not answer their question with this question: “Will watching or listening to this make you a better person?” Many kids have a pretty low standard when it comes to media. Encourage your children to start raising their standards and watch and listen to things that will build them up.
Summer is a great time for going to the movies. But don’t just drop your kids off and hope they’ll make the right choice when they get inside the theater. Go with them. Steer your kids to movies that are fun and uplifting, instead of scary or violent. Talk to your kids about the content of this summer’s movies.
To ensure the best experience possible, parents need to know which flicks their families should go see and which should be avoided. A great place to go to get information on the movies your kids want to watch is: http://www.pluggedin.com/