Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Life lessons from TV...

One of the things I find myself putting a lot of thought into lately is what TV shows are appropriate for a six year old like Short Stuff. Generally, I try to keep him away from anything that involves a bullet riddled death scene or two. As a result, he's not allowed to watch a lot of the shows I love, such as Battlestar Galactica, Heroes, and Chuck.

I also however, have decided to make exceptions to this rule upon occasion... For those of you that may have missed it, Last night's episode of Chuck was in 3D, so I decided to let the kid watch it with us:

I mean, come on... It's in 3D for crying out loud! Sure, there's a little more sexiness than he's used to seeing on Spongebob, and Casey on the whole is way more violent than the Muppets generally are, but 3D TV in HD!!

This turned out to be a bit of a mistake. At one point in the episode, Chuck gets trapped in a hotel suite with two hot chicks that undress him, and then try to kill him by throwing knives at him.

This scene unexpectedly turned out to be a little more intense than Short Stuff could handle. At the next commercial break, he took off his 3D glasses and curled up into the corner of the couch.

"You okay, kiddo?" I asked.

"I'm scared." Short Stuff said, "Those women with the knives are scary. Why did they try to kill him?"

"Because they're strangers." I said, ad-libbing, "Let that be a lesson to you... never let women you don't know take you to a hotel to take your pants off."

"Because they will throw knives at me?"

"That's right."

"Women are evil."

Silverfox chimed in at this.... "Nice. You're turning our son off of women. Great job, 'father of the year'."

"Shush. The point isn't that women are evil, Short Stuff... the point is that you shouldn't trust strangers."

"Especially strangers that try to take my pants off?"

"That's right."

"Or they will throw knives at me?"

"Not always, but it's still a bad idea."

"Can I go play on the computer now?"



Melinda Barton said...

You do realize you've completely ruined his college years, don't you?

sinister_n_evil said...

i was ranting at him as my son was cowering on the couch... yes ... he knows... he better sell the screen play to cover the therapy..