Cosmopolitan for Nine Year Olds? Sick!

February 10, 2012

If you have any doubt that the world wants to squeeze your kids into it’s mold, just look at your supermarket magazine rack the next time you’re in the store.  On a recent visit with Rachel, my NINE YEAR OLD daughter, we were looking for a coloring book and visited the magazine rack.

Selena Gomez Covers 'Cosmopolitan' March 2012

On the front shelf of the magazine rack was the recent March edition of Cosmopolitan.  Who’s on the cover this month?  It’s Selena Gomez, one of the Disney stars that my NINE YEAR OLD Rachel sees often on the channel dedicated to children.  She was on my tv, being watched by my kids just this week.  Her picture on Cosmopolitan is surrounded by titles of articles featured inside, such as “Your Orgasm Guaranteed” and “3 Things He Doesn’t Have To Know.”  Of course, cleavage is also featured in the pic.

It seems like these Disney stars think as soon as their contract is up, they have to do something “dramatic” to prove that they are now grown up and available to a more mature audience.  Their handlers aren’t really concerned about any influence their dramatic changes could have on the kids who grew up watching them.   What will we see next?  Barney the Dinosaur peddling Trojans?  This really irritates me.

Romans 2 reminds us “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.”  The world tries to subtly and directly  squeeze both us AND OUR KIDS into it’s mold.

We have to remember as parents that if we don’t protect and renew our own minds it’s hard for us to shape and protect our children’s minds.  We can’t lead anyone, including our children, to a place where we aren’t willing to go ourselves.  That includes a deeper relationship with God.  If we truly want our children to grown in Christ, we should set the example and desperately seek Him ourselves.

The world is certainly working against us.  We have a real enemy called Satan. He hates us and he hates our kids.   The Bible says that Satan “prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.”  (1 Peter 5:8)

We have to keep our guard up and constantly “walk in step” with Christ, as Rebecca recently wrote in this blog.  Letting Him transform us is the key.  Sometimes the attacks or influences can come from unexpected places and we have to be ready… even at Publix and even from Disney.

Does this irritate you too?

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4 Responses to “Cosmopolitan for Nine Year Olds? Sick!”

  1. Leigh Ann Cates said

    I saw the same thing at the grocery store today. I know first hand that Selena’s mom has always been very protective of the influences on her daughter (she was not allowed to take a photo with my brother in law {or any of the other cast} when he was in Rock Of Ages on Broadway) so it’s just a bit backward that she would allow Selena to pose for this magazine and put our daughters’ innocence at risk.
    It is our job as Christian parents to protect our children from the world until they are able to protect themselves. I, for one, agree!

    • eddiepoole said

      Leigh Ann, I can’t imagine what those around her are thinking. Obviously, they aren’t considering Selena or all of the kids that watch her daily. Thanks for the comment. Maybe we should all pray for Selena. I would hate for her to spiral the way Britney Spears and Miley have spiraled downward.

  2. This saddens me too! My daughter is older than your daughter by a decade, at 20, but she grew up watching Lindsey Lohan and Hilary Duff and Brittany Spears on the Disney Channel. So, I can relate to your struggle. I thank God daily for the level head my daughter has always had on her shoulders. The circle of friends my daughter hung out with in highschool were some really good girls, but when they turned 18, moved out of Mom & Dad’s they all went wild. And not, just a little bit either….we’re talking drugs, alcohol & a lot of them have already had babies too! Part of me wonders if these teen idols they had aren’t partly responsible. And the other part of me wonders…what did I do differently from these other girls parents? It’s late, so I’m not capable of going too deep right now. But it is a lot to think about.

    • eddiepoole said

      I hear ya, Kristin! Thankfully, your daughter didn’t follow the pat of Lindsey, Hillary, or her friends. Sometimes parents do a good job but in the end, the kids have to make a wise choice themselves. We just have to give them the best foundation to do so and set them free.

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