Last week at the grocery store I was busy putting my cart load of groceries on the moving conveyer belt for the checker who was checking me out. As I lifted the eggs and bread my beautiful four year old daughter said," Mom look, she is not modest." She pointed at a very inappropriate magazine cover in the check out line. It was the kind of picture that you see and then feel sick that we live in such a crazy world that people view it as normal. I turned her head and quietly talked to her and explained that I agree, she is not modest and suggested we look the other way so that we don't have to see that picture.
How sad, why do our children have to be so exposed to such pictures at a young age?
This morning while getting ready I listened to a podcast on Power of Moms, entitled "Pornography: A Totally Doable Plan for Protecting Our Kids." It was an excellent discussion about how as mothers we can protect our children by teaching them when they are young the difference between good pictures and bad pictures. The discussion was with Kristen Jenson, author of . I have not read the book, but it sounds like a great resource to help our children. This is a serious problem in our world today that is affecting so many people, ruining young minds, and damaging families.
Our church has a mormon message regarding the pain and heartbreak that can be caused by pornography.
So what can we do as mother's to protect our children? We can teach and talk to them. I knew what I needed to do. This morning I called the manager of our local grocery store, I explained my concern of the magazine covers with women with very little clothing on and the manager was so helpful. He explained that they have plastic covers that they can put in front of the magazine to cover the photo. He said that he would get right on it to make sure that inappropriate pictures are not right at eye level (and are covered with the plastic cover) for my innocent four year old to see next time I am in the check out line. I am grateful that he was so willing to understand and willing to help me protect my children.
Following this experience we took time to talk with all of our children about pornography and how to avoid it and what to do when we happen upon something that is a "bad picture." It our technological world it is a subject that needs to be clearly addressed at home.