They’re Never Too Young to Protect

We live in a world where violence, foul language, sexual content, and all kinds of mature material surround us in our everyday lives. A certain numbness and blindness sets in and we no longer always recognize what is filling our environment.

Reshad & sleepy Ela

When my daughter, Eleanor, arrived on the scene a little over four months ago in December 2015, this changed for me.

Other than joking about having to hold off a horde of boys after my little beauty, I started to notice things I just didn’t want Eleanor being around.

The moment that really opened my eyes came as a result of a comment Cher made a couple of times while I was playing a war type video game. Yes, I do enjoy my video games ūüėČ

The comment was “I’ll take Ela in the other room, I just don’t want her watching this.” I thought to myself that she was too young and didn’t really understand what was happening on the TV. So I dismissed the comment and carried on with the game.

The words, however, haunted my thoughts and made me consider the issue more closely. Can the video games, music, movies, and TV playing in the background be having an impact on Eleanor? If Ela can, within minutes, learn to imitate a silly sound or gesture then she can certainly be affected by the content in her environment.

They’re NEVER too young to protect!

I will be thinking twice when my little ones are around before turning on the TV, Xbox, Playstation, or stereo. I will pay more attention to what content is entering my environment. Do I really want my child having that influence in their lives?

They’re NEVER too young to protect!

We would love to hear how you protect your little ones! Comment below!

2 thoughts on “They’re Never Too Young to Protect

  1. Great post! My husband, Marc, and I have had similar discussions about protecting our daughter, Maya, from certain things. For Marc, he is very aware of the music we listen to around her and does not allow anything with explicit lyrics. Initially, this meant mainly profanity; however we quickly realized that the messages communicated are just as important to filter as the language we didn’t want Maya exposed to. For me, I was hyper-aware even during my pregnancy that I didn’t want my daughter to grow up with body image issues, and with pressure to be seen as a sexual object at a young age, or pressure to achieve a ridiculous “ideal” perpetuated by mainstream media. It is important to me that we raise our daughter to be true to herself and have the confidence in her own unique beauty, both inside and out; and that she recognize the unique beauty of each individual person around her. Some of the ways I hope we can achieve this are to focus on her strengths, accomplishments and interests as opposed to her looks, and to make sure we don’t make critical, offhand statements about our physical appearances.

    1. Thanks Paulette! We agree with you! The importance of protecting our little ones stretches further than just profanity or violence on TV, but to the message being communicated. Our world is definitely filled with many messages and expectations that are simply viewed as ‘social norms’.

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