Momma Mel

Let’s Talk

May 20, 2013
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I was all set to do another review of a Pinterest recipe (maybe next time) when I felt the need to have some ‘real talk’.

I have a four and a half year old daughter, a two and a half year old son, and a three week old son. The older two don’t watch a lot of tv- they prefer to run around playing pretend, or paint, or read, or beat each other up while screaming- can’t win them all, right? However, I’m really concerned with what is being put into my kids’ minds when they do watch tv. I watch the kid shows with them, and don’t really have issues with them (except for the annoyance factor- Caillou has got to be one of the most annoying toddlers ever, and Spongebob is outlawed in my home). What I’m concerned with is the commercials.

There have been some funny moments stemming from Riley watching infomercials and then running to tell her daddy that if he calls RIGHT NOW he can get TWO wallets in brown and black for one low price! And it can get wet, and run over, and be just fine! And then there was the time we were in the baby aisle picking up some diapers when she went all crazy about Pediasure, telling me ‘if I drink this, my mother doesn’t have to worry about my nutrition!’ I kept explaining to her that I WAS her mother, and I wasn’t concerned about her nutrition since she mostly eats fruits and other healthy things. But then there are the ones that instead of making me smile or laugh, make my heart hurt. Like when she quotes a commercial about teeth whitening: if you’re not whitening, you are yellowing! Or when she quotes a commercial for a weight loss aid: eating less is a beautiful thing.

We talk almost daily about focusing on being beautiful on the inside, and not focusing on being pretty on the outside. We talk about how to be beautiful in the eyes of God, and how if you act ugly, it doesn’t matter how pretty the outside appears. But I’m feeling like a single voice screaming against society. How do we keep our kids focused on the truth when everywhere they turn they are confronted with crap? I don’t think isolation is the answer, as much as I want to bubble wrap my kids. The opposite is also not an option, because embracing the worldview of outward beauty being what matters is not acceptable to me. I guess lots of continued conversations about true beauty. Using everyday happenings to reinforce that what is inside is what matters. Prayer. Lots and lots of prayer.

According to the National Eating Disorder Association, “between 40 and 60 percent of children ages 6 to 12 are concerned about their weight or becoming too fat, and 70 percent would prefer to be thinner” (see article here). In the same article, I read that 80% of 10 year old girls have been on a diet. Yikes! Be aware, parents- body image is a big deal for boys and girls, and it starts YOUNG. Keep the lines of communication open, and be aware. Be aware of what they are watching, be aware of what they are doing, and be aware of what they are hearing- from the media, and from you.

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A little bit about me- I am a Mom and a Wife as my full time job. We are a homeschooling family with four kids. I love Jesus, reading, crafting, tea, and nerdy stuff.

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