I wanted to get your opinion on The Hunger Games. My daughter is feeling peer pressure because many of her 6th grade friends are going to see it. They are teasing her because her father & I feel it is not appropriate. Several schools in our area are taking their 7th & 8th graders to see it on a field trip. So far this is a NO for us looking for a YES this weekend to replace it.
I thought I would toss it up on the blog and let you weigh in on the topic. Honestly, I’m not familiar enough with the books and don’t feel qualified to answer her question. However, both my oldest children (ages 23 and 21) have read the books and will be seeing the movie this evening. It’s pretty much all they talk about lately, so suffice it to say, they are huge fans. I realize this is a pretty big topic right now and noticed that FoxNews.com is featuring an article on their homepage entitled, “Parent’s wrestle with whether or not to let young kids see hunger games.” Click here to read the article.
As parents, it’s so hard to figure out the Colossians 3:21 balance when it comes to parenting. If you’re not familiar with the verse, it says:
“Fathers, do not provoke your children, lest they become discouraged.”
I’ve written at length on the challenge parents face in being “protectors” of their children without becoming “provokers.” In fact, when I took a closer look at the original Greek words for “provoke” and “discouraged,” I found the meaning of “provoke” is “to stir up” and the meaning of “discouraged” is “to be disheartened or broken in spirit.” In my 5 Conversations books, I wrote that parents who say “no” to too much, run the risk of leaving their child “broken in spirit.” But on the flip-side, we are also called to protect our children from harmful influences. That said, is this a battle worth fighting?
If you have kids and are familiar with The Hunger Games, weigh in and let us know what your opinion is on the matter. Are you allowing your children to see the movie and/or read the books and if so, what are their ages? If your children are wanting to see the movie and/or read the books and you are not allowing it, how are you handling it in your home? (Oh, and this goes without saying, but let’s play nice and respect the different parenting perspectives that will be offered on this topic. Thanks, in advance!)