I’ve always liked the idea of Disney’s Doc McStuffins, despite the fact that I don’t have any cable or satellite and therefore have only seen a few episodes. But, a show that features a female, African-American lead as a doctor? Yes, PLEASE. At birthday parties and Christmas time, I bought Doc McStuffins gear for a little African-American girl I love like it was my job. And my own kids have a couple of Doc McStuffins games they enjoy a lot. The Doc is totally cool in my book.
That’s why yesterday when I saw an article about an episode featuring a two-mom family, my heart sank a little. Listen, I realize two-mom and two-dad families exist in this world. My kids will certainly encounter them, and when they do I will ask them to treat them as I would, with love and respect. The reason my heart sank is that I don’t want my kids to learn about same-sex relationships on a show for preschoolers. As a parent, it’s my right to teach my kids about relationships, love, and marriage as I see best—and that is from a traditional Biblical point of view that views same-sex sexual relationships as sin. Please note this SAME Biblical point of view teaches me, and I will teach my kids to treat everyone in a loving matter, as we would want to be treated. You will not find any HATE up in here. But you will find me clinging to, and teaching, the truth as I understand it from the God I have a relationship with.
When Disney makes a McStuffins episode about two moms voiced by two openly gay actresses (Wanda Sykes and Portia de Rossi), it sends a message: the agenda is to portray homosexuality as normal to preschoolers. It saddens me that Disney can’t just entertain our kids with episodes that have practical application (the lesson in the episode in question was about how families need to have a plan for disasters and an emergency kit with supplies ready) without the socio-political agenda commentary.
But hey, if you’re really this committed to inclusivity, maybe throw in an episode where characters voiced by Candace Cameron Buré and Jim Caviezel take their kids to church and then go serve those in need in their community.
I do not desire to be one of those Christian parents who shelters her kids so extensively that we only watch Christian TV, only read Christian books, only listen to Christian music. I want my children to be able to relate to and respect our neighbors and friends who don’t believe the same things we do. But I also don’t want them indoctrinated by an ideology I disagree with at such a young age. More and more I am feeling like the media is giving us fewer and fewer “neutral” choices for our kids’ media consumption, and it frustrates me as a mom who wants to raise Christian kids to understand that Jesus is ALWAYS culturally relevant.
Bottom line, Christian parents? We’ve got to start teaching our kids about sex, and God’s design for it, earlier than ever before. And kids’ shows like this are just one reason of MANY. It’s on us, moms and dads. Get serious about being intentional in teaching your kids truth from a young age, because if you won’t, the world CERTAINLY will.