Thursday, June 27, 2013

Dumbing Down Dad

I am so thankful for a wise and decisive husband!  Some time ago, my husband and I were reading a bedtime story to Meg, when my husband pointed out some content in the book, that he found disturbing.  The story seemed like a nice wholesome tale at first glance, but we came to see that there was a very clear and deliberate attempt, to portray the dad character as a complete idiot.  That night, we went through all the books in that particular collection, and took out the ones that had the same "dad is a moron" slant!

How our society loves to "dumb down dad".  It is everywhere - books, television, radio, movies...etc.  Before we quit watching television (about 2 years ago), I remember advertisements that portrayed the dad as an idiot; a loser, who was mocked by both his wife and children.  Those same  advertisements would often portray the "mom" as highly intelligent, strong, capable and well organised, in comparison with "dad" and his many ineptitudes.  

This is yet another attack on the family, though perhaps one that might go underestimated.  Make no mistake about it, this is an attack of Satan.  He is seeking to destroy godly families and would just love for your kids to dishonour and disrespect their dad. 

God, in the Bible, makes His will for the structure of the family, very clear to us.  There is no getting away from the fact (though some still try) that He designed men to be the head of the family.  We as wives are instructed to respect, submit to, and reverence our husbands.  Our children likewise, should be respectful, obedient, and loving toward their dads.

My husband and I are very careful about materials that we allow into our home, and were surprised that these books had gotten under our radar.  Even if you feel certain that there are no materials like that in your home, I'd encourage you to take a look and see, you might just be as surprised as we were.

"And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, 
and the heart of the children to their fathers,
 lest I come and smite the earth with a curse." 
~ Malachi 4:6


Diana J. said...

Berenstain Bear books - HUGE problem with this one, and in others that - as you say - went undetected. This is one trait that gets an instant "in the trash" award!

1HappyWife said...

So true!

~SALLY~ said...

I too was going to mention the Berenstain Bear books too...YUCK! I hate ANYTHING that makes dads look stupid.

Sarah in Ireland said...

Hmm, I've never heard of the Berenstain Bears before, perhaps they're not popular here?

The books we threw away were Oxford Reading Tree books - we were given lots of them as a gift. I read them throughout my primary school years in England - they formed the majority of our reading curriculum!

Diana J. said...

Berenstain Bears are huge over here - it's an enormous book series about a family of bears. In each and every story, Papa Bear is classed along with the cubs as stupid, foolish, childish, and needing to be rescued from his follies by the ever-sapient, capable, and wise Mama Bear. I loved them as a kid, but when I read them as an adult, I was horrified by the worldview they were teaching. We don't buy them any more, for sure!

Anonymous said...

Perhaps your husband just needs to be a bit more secure. Can his position in the family be undermined by a cartoon bear?

Your kids will be reading what they like soon enough. Why not read them these books, and then explain what you don't like? It's better than having them encounter it on their own (which they will).