Rhonda Robinson

5 Politically Incorrect Parenting Conversations to Have With Your Teen Over the Twilight Saga

Posted on July 10 2010 8:00 pm
Rhonda Robinson is part of NewsReal's editorial team. As a columnist, Rhonda has provided readers with thoughtful insight into social, political, and parenting issues since 1995.

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Yes. I know it’s a vampire flick. Even worse-it’s a teen romance vampire flick. This information alone could induce some level of nausea.

As a general rule, I request that my teens stay clear of anything that smells of wickedness. So you can imagine my daughters’ initial surprise when I invited them to go see the first Twilight movie with me. When they discovered my ulterior motive, they weren’t surprised a bit, and they loved it.

Eclipse just came out last weekend. It is the third installment of the Twilight saga. In the traditions of J.R.R. Tolken and C.S. Lewis, Stephenie Meyer has managed to weave a great deal of truth within her tale of fantasy. One difference between Politically Incorrect Parenting and Politically Correct Parenting, is the former uses the culture to instruct children in truth, the later leaves them to be devoured by it.

One of the reasons it’s important to engage and discuss this cultural phenomenon, is because of its widespread draw to impressionable young girls, (and sadly, fantasy driven women). Herein lays the fork in the road for parents. What will you do?

The current pop-culture parenting trend of the politically correct, is to leave impressionable teens and tweens to be swept up in their emotions and desires–it’s even encouraged. It’s a little like throwing your kid into the middle of the stream without a life jacket, or rope to shore. Just a “go with it” shout of encouragement–most drown or make their own brand of life-raft, riddled with deadly flaws.

The other end of the spectrum are the parents that ignore and forbid it. The danger in this approach is they misjudge the pull of the forbidden, and our human nature.

If we want to produce the next “greatest” generation, we have to be active participants in shaping their values, hear their desires and feed them a steady diet of truth. Open, frank discussions are often touted as good parenting —but opportunities can be rare.

To help you start, here are just five Twilight Saga talking points, no doubt you will find more.

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