As easy as it is sometimes to use the television as a babysitter to keep my kids from wrecking the house or asking me to hold them while I am molding a meatloaf with my bare hands, I occasionally will sit down and watch a program or 2 snuggled up next to their adorable little selves.
I do this for a few reasons…
#1 – It gives me a window into the kind of media that is available these days. There have been many-a-show that we have stopped watching or turned off because I took the time to watch the material that was being poured into my kids’ young and impressionable minds.
Just because it is in the ‘Kids’ section of Netflix doesn’t necessarily mean it is appropriate or helpful for a kid.
There was a particular show that my children liked to watch a lot and the main character was kind of a whiner. Because I had watched the show several times already with my boys I soon began recognizing that same character’s whining voice creeping into their little voices (1 Corinthians 15:33) and so I was able to quickly put an end to it.
#2 – TV shows are great starting points for discussions about behavior. Like most mamas, I want my children to develop a keen sense of discernment. I want them to be able to identify things like respect, obedience, kindness, responsibility, etc. So when a TV character looks at her mom and haughtily argues about going to bed, I’ll casually say, “Do you think she is respecting her mommy right now?” and then, “What would have been the better, obedient response?”
When we stopped watching that cartoon with the whiney kid, I didn’t just say, “You aren’t allowed to watch that anymore. It’s bad.” I watched it with them and said, “Do you hear how he is complaining? What does the Bible say about complaining?” (Philippians 2:14) Then I gently guided them to the understanding that exposing our hearts to stuff that doesn’t help us look more like Jesus is not the most productive use of time.
Which is why I like Veggie Tales so much (and which brings us to the purpose of today’s post!).
Veggie Tales is known for producing wholesome, funny, creative programs that help kids know God and His Word better, so when I received an email a few weeks ago asking if I might be interested in reviewing the latest Veggie Tales movie called Noah’s Ark (starring the voice of Wayne Brady – the Let’s Make a Deal show host and comedian from Who’s Line Is It Anyway?), my response went something like this:
The hubs grilled some salmon for us last night and we gathered around the coffee table in the living room to watch our new flick.
It did not disappoint.
Within the first 5 minutes of the show I already had the catchy opening number stuck in my head (still is as I type this 3 hours later – ha!) and the boys were completely captivated and full of giggles as the plot unfolded.
The story focuses on Noah’s son, Shem, who spends a good portion of the movie doubting his father’s faith to build a huge ark (equipped with water slides and air hockey tables on deck). As the rains come and the challenges mount (ie. animal poo – I mean, seriously, can you even imagine the smell?!), Shem’s eyes are opened to the importance of trusting God.
The best line in the show was when the skies first darkened, the wind began to blow, and the rain started to pour. Shem completely freaked out, but Noah quietly and confidently reminded him,
“This is what God prepared us for.”
I guess that is kind of like motherhood and life and my desire to watch TV with my kids.
As I sit with them and we discuss the things we see, I pray that those little seeds being planted will prepare them for whatever might come there way.
Hopefully my children’s futures won’t include a giant, angry squid (you’ll have to watch the show for yourself – wink!), but we faithfully and ceaselessly train and teach and help them discern the world around them so that they are ready, by God’s grace, to survive anything.
And a bunch of funny vegetables.
Do YOU want to watch it with YOUR kids?
Simply leave a comment below and tell me why you want your family to enjoy Bob and Larry, a big boat that looks like an orange slice, a great soundtrack, and a message of God’s faithfulness.
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“The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light.” Matthew 6:22
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