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April 21, 2014

Andrew Silow-Carroll: Passoverkill? Suggestions to make next year's seders even more culturally sensitive

Sara Israelsen Hartley: Seeking the Divine: An ancient connection in a new context

Christine M. Flowers: Priest's execution in Syria should be call to action

Courtnie Erickson: How to help kids accept the poor decisions of others

Lizette Borreli: A Glass Of Milk A Day Keeps Knee Arthritis At Bay

Lizette Borreli: 5 Health Conditions Your Breath Knows Before You Do

The Kosher Gourmet by Betty Rosbottom Coconut Walnut Bars' golden brown morsels are a beautifully balanced delectable delight

April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review Feb. 4, 2011 / 30 Shevat, 5771

Taking teen TV to task

By Lori Borgman

Lori Borgman


http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Some parenting decisions are easy.

When the lawn service company sprays the neighbor's yard and it's a windy day, you have the kids play inside. When you open a box of blueberries that says wash before eating, you give them a spray under the sink before putting them on the table. When you get in the car, you make sure everybody is buckled up so the kids don't become projectiles if you slam on the brakes.

Parents constantly make decisions that ensure the well being of their children.

So why is it so blasted hard to make a decision about television? MTV specifically. In recent years, much of MTV programming has zeroed in on the underbelly of the snake, redefining low. It's not just teens who watch, increasingly, the elementary school set is watching, too.

Actually, the MTV decision can be an easy one, as well. You tell the kids you have standards as a family and those standards preclude vulgar language, sexual exploitation, human degradation, extolling bimbos and lauding gigolos.

Before you feel like the bad guy, here's a sample of what your kids will be missing on a given evening: " Jersey Shore," "Teen Mom," "I Used To Be Fat," "I Was 17," more "Jersey Shore," more "Teen Mom" and "SKINS," the show featuring minors abusing drugs and in sexual situations so explicit that the network may be facing child pornography charges.

You wouldn't lob garbage onto your kids' dinner plates, why shovel it into their minds? Take the Nike approach and Just Do It. Turn the thing off.

Will it work? It did for us. We said you watch MTV, and we will cut the cable. Not just discontinue the service, but cut the cable, which we all knew could take the cable company months, possibly years, to repair.

As a postscript, I just emailed each of the kids, told them the statue of limitations regarding the ban on MTV at the house had expired and asked them to come clean if they had watched it while living at home.

The oldest said a few times, maybe five. "Not sure how much I was afraid you were going to cut the cord or I just didn't care about MTV when I could watch Outdoor Life Network," he wrote. "I watched MTV a few times at college, but only because they had U2 music video marathons."

The middle one said never. The youngest said, "I watched 'The Hills' probably about 10 times my junior or senior year of college. It's a group of about 10 spoiled kids thinking they're adults. It was pretty big in college. But that's it. I'm not really an MTV person."

They survived and may even have salvaged a few IQ points along the way.

If you impose a ban on MTV and your kids protest that they need to know how "Teen Mom" ends, tell them you already know. She has a 5 percent chance of graduating from high school and a strong probability that she and her baby will be living in poverty.

Watching young people self-destruct in the name of entertainment is like rubbernecking at a car accident. It's not polite to gawk.


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