Dear Lord, don’t let my children be philistines.

What, oh what, did I ever do to deserve a child who rushes to turn off the DVD player while the end credits are still rolling?

I first noticed this problem a few days ago. My eldest son used to hop with joy when the VeggieTales video came to its end and some techno-mix thingy began playing over the closing credits. But a few days ago, when the end credits began, my boy didn’t have time to start his usual hopping, because his sister zipped right over to the PlayStation and turned the machine off.

And then, today, she did it again, when the first episode on one of our Mister Rogers discs came to an end and the credits began to roll. This time, however, my daughter immediately regretted what she had done, because she had wanted to watch the second episode on that disc, too. So I cued it up for her.

I sometimes wonder if I’m being a bad parent just because I let the kids watch TV at all. But episodes like these make me think I’m failing to bring these children up properly in other ways.

About Peter T. Chattaway

Peter T. Chattaway was the regular film critic for BC Christian News from 1992 to 2011. In addition to his film column, which won multiple awards from the Evangelical Press Association, the Canadian Church Press and the Fellowship of Christian Newspapers, his news and opinion pieces have appeared in such publications as Books & Culture, Christianity Today, Bible Review and the Vancouver Sun. He also contributed essays to the books Re-Viewing The Passion: Mel Gibson’s Film and Its Critics (Palgrave Macmillan, 2004) and Scandalizing Jesus?: Kazantzakis’s The Last Temptation of Christ Fifty Years on (Continuum, 2005).

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04379280494332431970 David Knepprath

    Hilarious!

    I’ve had your blog in my reader for many months, but I just had to comment on this one. :) Keep up the great blogging!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08578953435024115468 Doug and Joanna

    Wow, I feel the same way. Unless the film/show in question is just utterly miserable (OK, i do tend to turn off TV shows during the credits, but I really try to stick around for film/video/DVD credits), I think I owe it to the people who did all the hard work, and I want to hear the closing music, and (in comedies) I especially like to see the “reward” clips stuck at the bitter end of the credits as well. I have attempted to convey this to my kids, too – with some effect, at times. Thanks for sharing this, Peter!


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