Okay – I messed up! And I know that most of you moms probably wouldn’t have made this mistake. But I am a wimp. A softie. A fool!
So this is what I did. (Please don’t judge me too strongly!)
At our neighborhood video store, they are selling off their old VHS cassettes for a couple dollars each. They usually rent them for a dollar, but now they are just clearing them all out.
So the other day, for a reward for good behavior, I let Jackson buy their last few Spiderman cartoon movies. I thought it couldn’t do too much harm. I remember watching Spiderman on TV when I was a kid.
But these are the “new” animated series, complete with barely dressed girls in tight midriff t-shirts, tons of guns, bad attitudes and they even say “da– -it!” (And I don’t mean “darn.”) When I heard that, I told Jackson that he shouldn’t be watching it – they are cursing. Jackson said, “I was wondering what that meant…”
I tried to explain to him that Mommy was wrong to buy the movies for him before I had looked at them myself. There was too much violence, guns and bad language. “There is too much killing!”
“Mom! Killing is what Spiderman is all about! He has to kill the bad guys.”
“Well he should be taking them to the police, not killing them,” I lamely reply. Boy do I sound like some out of touch mother! “We are going to take a break from these movies Jackson. I shouldn’t have let you buy them. I made a mistake.”
So now what do I do? Throw them out? Jackson loves action – Star Wars, superheroes, Pokemon, etc. I did buy him some Bibleman videos and he liked them. But of course, he wants to see the other stuff too.
Is it just my fading memory or was Spiderman more tame in our day? Should I look and see if I can find some of those original cartoons?
What do I do about the fact that my son desperately wants to watch action cartoons? The violence can’t be good for their young minds! What do you do with your boys?