The Television Psalm

I came across this eyebrow raising “Psalm” the other day, and thought it might provoke an interesting conversation!

My Shepherd

The TV is my Shepherd, I shall not want anything else.

It maketh me to lie down on the sofa. It leadeth me away from the Scripture.

It destroyeth my soul. It leadeth me in the paths of sex and violence for the sponsor’s sake.

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will enjoy the evil, for the blood and sex, they excite me.

It prepares a filthy commercial before me in the presence of my children.

It anoints my head with humanism.

My coveting runneth over.

Surely laziness and ignorance shall follow my family all the days of our lives and we shall dwell in the house watching TV forever.

Ouch! I certainly don’t think of myself as enjoying the evil, sex and blood of TV, but if one can read this objectively, it still bites.

By the way, we’re on day 5 of no TV/movies and toddler has been doing a ton of coloring…

6 thoughts on “The Television Psalm”

  1. I did get rid of TV for a while, but now I just try to not allow it to rule our lives. I enjoy HGTV from time to time, and the cooking shows. I have to make sure my children do not watch too much though, just as I would have to limit junk food. Thats kind of how I look at TV, it is junk food for the soul, and should only be viewed in moderation.

  2. Ooh, very good last sentence, Juli! I think it’s easier for our family to unplug the TV b/c we’re rural and don’t have cable. We get two or three of the major networks on a good day’s reception. I think I’d get hooked on HGTV!

    I’m so glad you took time to comment, hope you come back!

  3. “I think I’d get hooked on HGTV!”

    We have dinner with my parents most Sundays and Mom usually has it on that channel, and it is absorbing — if we had satellite I would probably never leave the house between HGTV and AMC. Ooh — I like A&E, too. Then there is the Discovery Channel.

    “Thats kind of how I look at TV, it is junk food for the soul, and should only be viewed in moderation.”

    My five year old says the same thing “junk food isn’t good for our bodies and tv isn’t good for our brains…but it’s okay to have a little“. She’s pretty health concious for a 5 year-old — I can get her to taste and/or try just about any activity if I suggest it would be good for her body.

    And using that as a jumping off point: (sorry for stealing your blog Mary πŸ˜‰ ) How do you guys handle picky eaters? Do you require a certain amount of food be eaten or are they allowed to pick and choose?

  4. I adored AMC growing up, used to be able to rattle off all the famous actors of yesteryear and had a huge crush on Carey Grant!! πŸ˜‰

    My 7 yo sounds like your 5 yo, Heather. She loves romaine lettuce–plain and in salad, munches it like a rabbit, as well as spinach and pretty much all healthy foods. She passes up dessert without batting an eye. I wish I was more like her!

    Your question on picky eaters is a good one. I’m beginning to think my mantra is start young, because I haven’t had any picky eaters…yet. I’m talking “really picky”. Middle daughter doesn’t like potatoes, for instance, so I just serve up a little bit on her plate when we’re having some. Dh and I have observed picky adults that are picky to the point of rudeness so this is something he really can’t hack, and he’s quick to prevent it in our kids.

    So going way back, my girls only were fed breastmilk for the first 6 months of their lives. No infant cereal even. And I nursed toddler exclusively till she was 8 mos old before introducing baby food. We stayed with one kind a week, before intro-ing another, etc. Sometimes it would come right back out, and I’d cajole it right back in. I probably wouldn’t buy it very often after that, but I didn’t avoid purchasing it completely. I had another older mom tell me that waiting as long as 8 mos would not only keep food allergies at bay, but also give my kids time to develop a better palette or aptitude for real food.

    As they got older, I never cut their crusts off their sandwiches, or did other what *I* consider “frivolous” catering to their whims. On occasion, when something’s for dinner that they’ve not tried, or that they really don’t like, we require them to try it w/o making a face, etc, but we don’t require them to gorge on it, or take a normal portion.

    As 1-2 year olds they’d be used to having their apples peeled, and sometimes would wrinkle their nose at graduating to eating them with the “skin” on, but I never let it become an issue. I’d say something like, “You’re a big girl now, and the peel is good for you!” (I wash the pesticides, etc. off with GSE wash) They might gripe the next two times, but they knew I wouldn’t budge.

    Things like that. Anybody else have any good tips?

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