…Or The (Wife-Approved) Nerdy Dad List!

You may have seen my earlier post about being a nerdy dad. I talked about all the movies, television shows, books, video games, etc. that I want to share with my kids someday. They can’t all be kids movies.

It wasn’t too long after the post went up that my wife took issue with some of the things I wanted to show our son. I argued that my parents let me watch bloody horror movies as a kid and I turned out fine. Dads reading this at home probably don’t have to see my wife’s face to know that this was not the correct thing to say.

She said it was going to be a while before he could watch Jurassic Park and Indiana Jones, to which I said, “The Indiana Jones movies are rated PG and essential childhood viewing. Temple of Doom is a little scary with the ripping people’s heart out stuff, but nothing that would scar a child for life.”

This was also not the correct thing to say.

The Ratings

He looks so happy...
Yep, nothing wrong there.

That statement would probably surprise a lot of people though, because PG doesn’t really mean what it used to. The Indiana Jones movies would probably be rated PG-13 if they were made today. Actually, Kingdom of the Crystal Skull scored a PG-13, and it’s easily the lamest… tamest film in the series.

And for your child’s next sleepover, be sure to rent Jaws and Poltergeist too, because they have the same MPAA rating as Disney-Pixar’s Up.

But what do those ratings really mean anyway? Most parents don’t follow the MPAA blindly. They experiment. They screen movies before their kids see them and they set their own rules.

At What Age is This Appropriate Viewing?

She could just be disappointed the cable's out.
This picture is terrifying and nothing’s even happening.

Every parenting team is going to be different when it comes to deciding what their children are going to watch. In fact, the two people in that parenting team are probably going to differ on the specifics as well. Neither you nor your significant other is a bad parent for deciding to let your kids watch an R-rated movie, but you should probably decide what’s okay on a case-by-case basis.

It’s probably a good idea to sit down with your significant other and check out a few movies that are on the fence for each of you, then decide what kinds of things are okay for your kids to see and at what age.

(At least, that’s what I’m doing…)

How I Convinced My Wife to Watch a Bunch of Guy Movies She’ll Probably Hate

Army of Darkness may be my favorite movie of all time.
What better way to teach our child chainsaw safety?

Okay, I don’t really think she’ll hate all of them. I’ve just had a hard time convincing my wife to watch certain kinds of movies and shows, some of which just happen to be among my favorites of all time.

  • Army of Darkness
  • Deadpool (and Deadpool 2)
  • The Simpsons
  • Indiana Jones
  • The Mummy Movies

But I want to be able to share all these things with our son someday, so we both have to approve.

Which means that I actually get to share all these movies and shows with my wife now!

New (Wife-Approved) Nerdy Dad List Post Every Friday!

We’ll screen a new movie or show each week and discuss what age our son should be before he watches it. If we’re lucky, I may even get my wife to (GASP!) play a video game!

Forewarning that everyone reading these will likely disagree with our assessments because everyone is different. In fact, I can guarantee that my wife and I will disagree on a lot of it.

But we’re good problem-solvers together, so we’ll figure it out.

Coming This Friday: Die Hard

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