Aloha Friday: Movies, Kids, and Cursing
During Thanksgiving, sometime between the end of the meal and the beginning of dessert, everyone split up to do different things. I sat down and searched for something interesting on TV. That’s when I spotted it. Ghostbusters. Sure, it was on a non-premium cable channel and, thus, censored, but still – It’s Ghostbusters!
As I settled in, NHL and JSL began to inquire to see what I was watching. At first, they were upset that I wasn’t watching one of *their* programs. How dare dad not keep the TV glued to Nick Jr even when they weren’t in the room. But then B told them of Stay Puft. After that, they kept bugging me as to when the giant marshmallow man would appear. When he finally did show, they cheered at his appearance and over his destruction and spillage on top of Walter Peck.
In short, my kids were instant Ghostbusters fans. I had a quandary, though. Dare I show the full, uncensored Ghostbusters to NHL? JSL might be too young, but NHL might love it. On the other hand, I worried. Not about the violence, but about the cursing.
NHL has heard cursing before. I’m sure he’s heard it in his school and he’s heard a word or three pop out of B’s mouth. (I’m a bit of a freak in that I never curse… Well, except for that one time I tried to get a reaction out of my friend by saying the C word which caused him to almost drive off the road. Reaction achieved!) But would NHL’s watching of movies with curses cause his language to reach for the potty? Is he, at 8, too young for movies with salty language?
My Aloha Friday question for today is: How old do you think a child should be before they watch a movie that contains cursing?
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