My kids enjoy watching TV and occasionally I have been known to watch with them although because all four of my children are girls the level of ‘girl mush’ often proves to be too much and I either leave or depending on the time of day, fall asleep! Over the last few weeks during the snap shots that I have seen a uneasyness has begun to settle over me about one particular message that children’s tv shows appear to be giving.
‘Dads are stupid and should really be ignored!’
Allow me to give a couple of short illustrations – Nick Jnr. currently show my youngest daughter’s all time favourite show Peppa Pig.
Mummy Pig is smart, resourceful and can always be relied upon when needed. Daddy Pig on the other hand is well… ‘fat’, a bit lazy and clueless and is often seen messing up only to be rescued by Mummy Pig!
My second youngest loves Disney channel’s Good Luck Charlie.
Although Amy,the mum is portrayed as obsessive and attention grabbing she is also clearly portrayed as the one in charge of the family while Bob, the dad again is well…’fat’, a bit lazy, clueless and often messes up only to be rescued by another family member.
I take my hat off to all wonderful mothers who are the glue that holds a family together and I personally do not know where I would be without my wife?
marriage is supposed to be a partnership and parents a team that agree on the best way to approach a situation! Right?
The Office of National Statistics state that
‘There had been an increase between 2001 and 2011 in the proportion of families… headed by a lone parent from 14.8 per cent to 16.1 per cent of all families. The growth in lone parent families was in those headed by a lone mother…’ (http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/dcp171766_259965.pdf )
At a time when we need fathers, more specifically we need good, capable, strong and reliable fathers why on earth would we allow our young and impressionable children to be fed with the erosive subliminal message that ‘Dads are stupid and should really be ignored!’? Surely we are setting ourselves up to fail by lowering our children’s expectations of fatherhood and therefore losing the respect that they should have for us as parents.
As a church pastor it concerns me to think that when I refer to God as our Father, what kind of picture is kindled in the minds of children who are fed this negative media caricature?