Check the Television Listing

A parent in training shares some of his experiences.
by Jim Fair | Source:
I spend a couple minutes each night checking the television listing for the following day. It isn´t just because I´m mildly addicted to television. My objective is to get to the listings before the kids do and suggest things to watch that might actually be wholesome or educational (qualities that don´t necessarily eliminate programs that are entertaining).

This process has taught me a few things:

  • Just because something is labeled education, family or kids does not guarantee it is wholesome, let alone has any artistic value.

  • Generally speaking, the older the program, the more likely it isn´t morally reprehensible. Most of what appears on prime time these days is worthless for adults, let alone children. But I don´t have to worry about the Cleavers (Beaver´s parents) having a steamy bedroom scene. I don´t have to worry about Desi and Lucy using hard drugs.

  • Some of the most objectionable commercials appear during sporting events. But soccer is a joy. There are just two periods with a brief halftime. The clock doesn´t stop, so television can´t air commercials during the actual play. Soccer teams don´t have cheerleaders (or should I say exotic dance teams). I don´t think this is because soccer fans are especially pure of heart - they are simply too involved in the game.

  • There really are lots of wonderful shows on EWTN.

    Of course, there is another excellent option: turn the thing off.

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