I’ve never been big on cable, or in this case Dish, TV until we moved to the outskirts of town and it was the only option to get any reception. In the beginning, I was excited to see some of the channels which came with the package, like the Disney channel, but after a year of seeing what my 8 year old daughter was watching, I understand now why she is growing up with a bad attitude.

The shows on Disney that I find my daughter watching have no parental figures in them. If there are adults or parents in the shows, they are usually portrayed as stupid, immature, and lacking in any type of real authority. Shows such as Austin and Ally and Shake It Up rarely show parents at all. The kids are running the show and living the good life. The main characters treat everyone─friends and enemies alike─terribly.

Jessie, Shake It Up, A.N.T Farm, Austin and Alley, Good Luck Charlie, Dog with a Blog, Victorious (just to name a few) seem to lack the real-life lessons children actually encounter.. They are a far cry from the shows that used to teach lessons in morality and kindness. Now it is all about rudeness, sarcasm, poor jokes, mean-spiritedness, posturing, and a lack of parental guidance.

I know I am guilty of allowing my daughter to watch these shows and should have stepped in sooner. It is easy to get busy and not give your children the attention and guidance they require but if the TV. is left to raise them, then you’re probably not going to be very happy with the results. I know I’m not. Undoubtedly, there are people out there that will disagree with me about the Disney Channel but for this family it is time to say good-bye to the Disney Channel once and for all.

One Stepping Stone at a Time

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It’s easy to get overwhelmed by all that demands our attention. Recently, I found myself hyperventilating whenever I thought about my schedule for the an upcoming week. My wife was in 5 showings of South Pacific, my daughter had dance practice, a dance rehearsal and 2 performances – all of which were taking place Wednesday […]

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Cost of Being Right

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Have you ever tried to reason with a child that thinks they know everything? I would venture to guess that every parent has experienced such an event. Where do children get this stubbornness from and why must they be so unwilling to change their point of view? I remember when my daughter was 7, she […]

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Teaching Your Children about Failure

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As a parent I often avoid using the term failure around my daughter. I don’t want my child to think I am a failure or worse yet that she is one. However, without ever talking about failure or letting her see that I fail from time to time I am not doing a very good […]

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Overreaction? You Make the Call

Heritage Middle School Lockdown February 14, 2013 Is there such a thing as overreaction by school officials in our country these days? I would have to vote, MAYBE. This story hits close to home since I live within spitting distance of Meridian but as the story goes a teen was spotted with a suspicious item […]

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5 year-old Terror Threat

Seriously? Tensions and maybe imaginations are running high since the Sandy Hook incident but I can’t help but wonder if we are letting things get out of control. Zero tolerance should not equal zero common sense. When a 5 year-old gets suspended and deemed a “terror threat” by school officials for telling a classmate she […]

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Fifth Grader Searched and Ridiculed

I don’t know how many of you have heard about Melody Valentin, a 5th grader from Philadelphia being searched, scolded and bullied at her school for trying to throw away a piece of scrap paper that resembled a gun, REALLY? It all started when she was throwing this piece of paper away when another child […]

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Kids Make Mistakes

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Kids make mistakes! Sometimes very BIG ones but they still require love, patience, understanding and fairness when dealing with the choices they have made. As parents we are well aware of the fact that kids make mistakes. No matter how much we tell them right from wrong, good from bad they still find ways to […]

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5 Great Ways To Teach Your Toddler How To Share

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Wouldn’t it be nice if you could remove the word “mine” from your child’s vocabulary. Unfortunately, you can’t, and your child will use the word “mine” often. It seems as if children instinctively don’t like sharing their toys with friends or family members, even if they’re not playing with that said toy at the moment. […]

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Keeping Food Safe During a Winter Power Outage

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Tips for keeping your food safe if you lose power in the middle of a severe weather event. Depending on where you live power outages can be a common problem. It’s likely if you live in such an area you know what to do but maybe you don’t experience a power outage very often, especially […]

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5 Ways To Become An Even Better Parent Than You Were Yesterday

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Who is the best parent you know? It could be your mom, your husband, the little lady who lives across the street, or anyone else you know. Chances are you’ve noticed someone’s parenting skills and been rather impressed by them. The reason people are good parents isn’t because they were born that way. I bet […]

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