Monday, 26 November 2012

Teaching children values

Miss S is nearly in her fourth year of living (it goes so crazy fast!) and I have begun to notice more and more how much she picks up on!

She loves to repeat things back to you and even recently told my brother in law what he was getting for Christmas! She has even repeated a few swear words. Obviously picked up from her father, I would never swear. Ever.

I swear.

We bought her a DVD the other day, Where the Wild Things Are, I thought it was a great movie and didn't put much thought into it - when we bought it home we realised it was a PG and there was some scary scenes in it!

All this has helped me come to the realisation that I need to start censoring myself, what she watches and listens to (maybe I should have started earlier!)

Mr G's first rule was no music concert DVDs doing housework - usually my music of choice is Pink or Gaga. To me, these women are empowered and love themselves and make me feel good about myself.

Whilst watching some other music videos on the weekend, I realised I switched the channel when someone like Minaj came on, but left it when someone like Chris Brown was okay.

It made me wonder what type of values I am trying to impart.

Do I want my girls to feel confident in themselves to wear what they want, to do what they want, to be constantly empowered to be the best they can be?


Do I want my girls to idolise men who treat women like punching bags and sexual objects?

Some food for thought for you!

What are your views? What do you expose your children to? What values do you hope to instil on your children?

I am really interested to hear your thoughts on this.


Linking with the fabo Essentially Jess for IBOT.


  1. My daughter is 3 and she loves watching a good dvd on a friday night.. however she doesn't like 'people movies' or even 'muppet movies' it still has to be cartoons which is nice.. though she has watched a few japanese anime movies and found them more interesting than fireman sam!

  2. It's amazing how much kids pick up, isn't it, they are like little sponges!

    Thankfully Mia is only 1 so hasn't started parroting things back to me yet, but it's only a matter of time. We are already careful about what we watch on TV when she is around, and I am trying really hard to curb my swearing but I admit it's not easy!

  3. I'm really careful about what my kids watch, and what I have on when they are around. We never put RAGE on ever!