Point/Counterpoint

Two moms square off on whether or not television is good for your family.

Editors' note: In the last decade, television has increasingly come under fire as a negative influence on society in general and children in specific. Case in point: A recent study suggests pregnancy rates are much higher among girls who watch a lot of TV with sexual dialogue and behavior. Such findings raise the question: Should Christians watch—or boycott—television? Here, two moms weigh in on the issue.

No More Television!

by Jenni Roney

A few months ago I asked myself a question: When my boys' generation is grown, who will be more successful—the man who can beat anyone at Guitar Hero, or the one with the highest emotional intelligence? I decided if I wanted to raise kids whose lives will have eternal impact, a high eq is a necessity. Unfortunately, I fear many of today's kids will have difficulty relating to people thanks to formative years primarily spent in front of the television. The TV set, I decided, really must go.

Yet despite that ideal, there are times I'm too tired to form a sentence (let alone read aloud) and choose to use the TV for my own sanity. At those moments I wonder how the pioneers survived without it. Of course, they had the advantage of working their sons in the fields until they fell onto their straw mattresses in a plow-induced coma at 7:00 p.m. As a mom with energetic boys and no spring planting to be done, I had to figure out a way to break my boys' electronic addiction but avoid sending myself to the Funny Farm. And what about my husband's sports fix?

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