Friday, March 28, 2008

Rated "M" for Mature

Kimberly Jensen

I was just finishing up the dishes today as I looked out the window and saw my 12-year-old son walking up the sidewalk with his head down and his hands in his pockets. "Uh-oh," I thought as I recognized his defeated look. He walked in the backdoor and sighed. "What's up bud?" I asked as he landed hard onto the couch in the family room. "My friends are going back to their house to play Halo," he said. I felt my body cringe. I have seen the reviews of this M-rated video game and am appalled that this type of violence is considered entertainment for young boys. I didn't apologize to my son for enforcing a rule of no M-games at our house or allowing them to play them at anyone else's home. I am constantly surprised that our society to let our youth be exposed to such senseless violence and call it entertainment. Maybe they don't know that "M" stands for mature audiences only, the same way the "R" stands for restricted. I think the "M" also stand for "My Mother Won't Let Me," and I am just fine with that.


Christine Thackeray said...

What a great lesson of independence and character to teach your twelve-year-old! I hope you celebrated his valiance at living by a family standard but I would also encourage not judging others too harshly. "As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord."

Marcia Mickelson said...

Good for you for sticking to your rules. My 8 year old has a hard time with not watching pg13 movies when his friends are watching them. I can only imagine it's going to get harder.

Mary Stosich said...

I love it that it's just fine with you. The worst thing we can do is try to make everything fair and wonderful for our children. I am grateful that your son has this "struggle." These experiences are defining!

Suzie Roberts said...

Thank You! I thought I was the only mean mom!
Suzie Roberts