parents are hard pressed to explain to their youth why some music,
movies, books, and magazines are not acceptable material for them
into the home or to listen to or see.
One parent came up with an original idea that is hard to refute.
listened to all the reasons his children gave for wanting to see a
particular PG-13 movie. It had their favorite actors. Everyone
seeing it. Even church members said it was great. It was only
because of the suggestion of sex--they never really showed it. The
was pretty good--the Lord's name was only used in vain three times
whole movie. The teens did admit there was a scene where a
building and a
bunch of people were blown up, but the violence was just the
It wasn't too bad. And, even if there were a few minor things, the
effects were fabulous and the plot was action packed.
However, even with
all the justifications the teens made for the 13' rating, the
wouldn't give in. He didn't even give his children a satisfactory
explanation for saying, "No." He just said,
A little later on that evening the father asked his teens if they
some brownies he had baked. He explained that he'd taken the
favorite recipe and added a little something new. The children
asked what it
was. The father calmly replied that he had added dog poop.
quickly assured them, it was only a little bit. All other
gourmet quality and he had taken great care to bake the brownies
precise temperature for the exact time. He was sure the
brownies would be
superb. Even with their father's promise that the brownies
were of almost
perfect quality, the teens would not take any. The father acted
After all, it was only one small part that was causing them to be
stubborn. He was certain they would hardly notice it. Still the
firm and would not try the brownies.
The father then told his children how the movie they wanted to see
like the brownies. Our minds are tricking us into believing that
little bit of evil won't matter. But, the truth is even a little
bit of poop
makes the difference between a great treat and something
totally unacceptable. The father went on to explain that
even though the
movie industry would have us believe that most of today's movies
acceptable fare for adults and youth, they are not.
Now, when this father's children want to see something that is of
questionable material, the father merely asks them if they would
of his special dog brownies. That always closes the subject.