Last week when I dropped Cooper off at school, one of his friends was talking to me about how he was going to see the movie Thor the next day. As I walked out of the school, I had to check and Googled the movie. It is rated PG-13.
I was surprised that this four-year old boy was going to see that movie. Maybe he wasn't and I should give his parents the benefit of the doubt. Maybe this child saw an ad for the movie and assumed he was going to see it...who knows.
However, this was not the first time one of Cooper's friends told me about a movie they were going to see that I would never consider taking Cooper to. I know a few of the kids told me about how they saw Iron Man, Transformers, etc.
Many of the boys in Cooper's class are huge fans of Iron Man, Batman, Spiderman, Transformers, etc., including Cooper. I know for sure that Cooper has not seen any of these movies yet he still loves the toys. It is crazy to me that these toys are made for kids who supposedly are too young to see the movie.
For Ken and me, we try to only have the boys see G-rated movies. Friends and family think we are nuts as they tell us that PG stands for 'parental guidance'. I guess for me I am trying to minimize their exposure to violence, rough language and anything else that makes a movie/program PG. I am trying my best to let them be kids and keep that innocence of childhood as long as I can.
It's hard though and there are times that we 'bend the rules' a bit. I really wanted Cooper to see Star Wars as I love it and he does too even though he had never seen any of the movies. Other Disney movies that I would think would be fine to see are also PG like Tangled, the Incredibles and Happy Feet. We have watched all of these movies, and yes we have skimmed through parts of Star Wars: The Phantom Menace that were 'safe' to watch.
It is truly a parent's call as to how they want to raise their kids and what they want to expose their children to, and certainly not my place to judge. And yes, it is called a PG rating because it is our responsibility as a parent to decide what is right and wrong for our children.
On a side note: After Cole watched Tangled and Happy Feet, he had no problems going to sleep that night and did not have any bad dreams. However, when Cole watched Toy Story 3, he had a hard time going to sleep and bad dreams because of the clapping monkey at the daycare. So here is an example of a G-rated movie causing problems and two PG-rated movies being fine.
Here are a few options for TV shows and movies that are fan favorites in our house. They are shows and movies that honestly everyone actually likes to watch.
- Curious George
- Sid the Science Kid
- Word World
- Imagination Movers
- Toy Story, Toy Story 2, Toy Story 3
- Monsters Inc.
- Finding Nemo
- A Bug's Life