A few years back our family made the decision to stop watching the Disney Channel. We do allow our youngest children to watch Disney Junior, which includes Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, Jake and the Neverland Pirates, etc. The actual Disney Channel shows are off limits however. Why in the world do we have this rule? you might ask.
Our oldest two daughters used to love Hannah Montana. I’m talking about really love her. We watched the shows, bought the paraphernalia, and sung along with her CDs in our van. They thought she was sooooo cool, and wanted to emulate her. I thought this was simply adorable. I actually encouraged it.
Then as Miss Miley grew older, things started to change. Miley did not want to be associated with Hannah Montana as a young adult any longer. My girls still very much associated Miley with Hannah however. She began making headlines in a not-so-positive light. I began to actually hide Miley news from my girls, since the news was so disturbing!
Fast forward to present day. My husband was looking at Youtube, and what do you know? Miley’s new music video was the #1 watched video. He thought, “Hmm, I wonder what Miley is up to?” He then watched it and shared it with me behind closed doors. I’m sharing it with you now for informational purposes only, and I would definitely not watch it with your children present.
So this is the one and the same Hannah Montana that only a few years ago my daughters were so enthralled with. It literally makes me sick to my stomach.
It was during Miley’s transition into “adulthood” that I really began to question the television that my girls were watching. Consuming might be a better word. Eyes are the window to the soul. Is the television we’ve placed in our house edifying or destructive? Demi Lovato of Camp Rock and Sonny with a Chance fame was also making headlines for “cutting” herself during this time period. Lovely. How was I supposed to explain this to my daughters?
I really cried out to God. I sought His Word. This is what I found.
Whether therefore you eat, or drink, or whatsoever you do, do all to the glory of God.
1 Corinthians 10:31
And whatsoever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father by him.
Was allowing my young daughters to watch television which included girls wearing immodest clothing, having boyfriends too young, talking back to parents, etc. glorifying God? Was allowing my girls to watch these immoral stars glorifying to God? That would be a loud and resounding NO. I should have been placing godly examples before their eyes!
But I’ve allowed these shows into our living room for years. How could I take them away?
I had a heart to heart with my girls. They somewhat understood, but at the same time were a tad bit resentful. At the time my ten year old daughter was using the word “stupid” a bit too much for my liking as well. She was using the word to describe her siblings’ actions and possessions which is unacceptable. So we made a deal. A few of the shows, such as Hannah Montana and Sonny with a Chance were off limits. I allowed the other shows, but if “stupid” was used during the show it needed to be turned off. Every single Disney Channel show was turned off during the following three weeks because of the word “stupid.” Talk about confirmation! I knew right then and there that these shows were in no way edifying, and my girls knew it too.
As a whole we now usually watch documentaries, the news, and older television shows such as I Love Lucy and the Andy Griffith Show now. My little ones still watch educational cartoons and Disney Jr. programming. It has been a huge adjustment, but so worth it for our family. We are at the moment contemplating getting rid of television altogether and relying solely on DVDs.
I wrote this in relation to daughters, but it can be applied to our sons as well if they have a problem with revering a television personality. I honestly have no idea what the new “fad” television shows are, but please listen to a mom whose been there. Fame usually will pull these stars under, and our daughters are watching.