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Friday, July 20, 2012

Are Movies, TV, & Videos too Violent?

I'm so sad about the shooting at the movie theater in Aurora, Colorado today. My prayers are with the victims and their families. What a tragedy on so many levels. "What is going on?" is a question I'm hearing a lot of people asking. With terrorist, both homegrown and abroad to be concerned about - we also have to worry about violent young men who commit terrible crimes that impact so many. Is there a connection between this kind of violence and the violence portrayed in movies, TV, and videos? Is there a connection that we're missing? Are the ratings on movies, TV, and video games being ignored by parents who won't bother to do the necessary research before allowing their child to be negatively impacted by what they're seeing?  There is no undoing the effects once a young mind has seen trivialized violence. Seeing this horrible event unfold today is so disheartening and frustrating when nothing is being done to improve the mental health of our children. Please, parents, keep an eye on what your kids are exposed to. I don't think gun control is the solution when a disregard for human life is the problem. We have to ask "where did the child learn to have such little regard for others?"  They've learned it at a very early age. How can we get the word out to movie and TV producers to stop with the disturbing images that will be viewed by children in movie theaters, and then eventually in homes? How can we educate parents about the dangers of allowing their children to see violence at a young age? And most importantly perhaps, how can we help parents and educators teach children to respect and care for one another? Something's got to change. Please pray not only for the victims but also for the future of us all - especially our children. Together, let's figure out how to make some changes in our society.

Fun Things to Do During the Summer

There's just 3 weeks left before my kids go back to school, so I was checking my list of things I wanted to do with them over the summer and just one remains. Here's my list:

Fun Things to Do Over the 12 Weeks of Summer Break

1. Go horseback riding
2. Go canoeing

3. Visit a public garden
4. Visit a museum
5. Go camping
6. Go swimming
7. Let kids invite a friend over for a sleepover
8. Visit a petting zoo
9. Have some movie nights at home
10. Go to a movie in the park
11. Go mountain bike riding
12. Go hiking
13. Do an art project together
14. Go roller skating
Gibbs Garden, Ballground, GA
15. Let kids go to 2 camps
16. Take kids to vacation bible school
17. Give kids a cooking lesson
18. Give kids a sewing lesson
19. Go camping
20. Visit a petting zoo

Oriental Garden at Gibbs Garden

The only thing we didn't do was go camping. We waited too long and now its too hot, so we'll save that one for the Fall. The priciest thing we did was go horseback riding, but it was such a thrill for my kids and well worth the cost! One of the camps turned out to be free because we applied for scholarships for both kids and received them! Thanks so much to Quinlan Art Center for that!