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9/7/16 at 08:00 PM 0 Comments

Why You Should Take the Influence of Media Seriously

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There is little argument that our nation is in decline. However, many would debate why our nation is declining.

Although Bill O’Reilly of Fox News is not a parenting professional, he often attributes America’s decline to the disintegration of the traditional family. With children born out of wedlock, dads out of the picture, and a general lack of stability, it is no wonder he looks to the family as a cause.

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I believe a starting point to a solid family structure is how seriously the parents take the influence of media on their family. Bill also discusses how horrendous music, entertainment and digital addictions are also contributing factors.

This stance isn’t popular, but I believe Bill is on to something. Our teens are feeding on American entertainment. It’s time for us as parents to take that seriously.

The success of our nation begins with the family. This may mean pulling away from video games, and disconnecting entertainment that honors the sins of our culture. It is time to protect our homes.

Reconsider what type and how much entertainment in which you allow your family to engage.

Conversation Starter: What are some of the effects our culture’s entertainment standards are having on the American family?

Trace Embry is the Founder and Director of Shepherds Hill Academy, a Christ-centered therapeutic residential program, as well as a private accredited boarding school for troubled teenagers. He is the Host of the "License to Parent with Trace Embry Radio Program." He is also a public speaker, and teaches parenting classes. Visit his parenting blog at

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