Should You Shield Your Children From Worldly Influences?

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In today’s world, parents often grapple with whether to shield their children from the various aspects of the world deemed as “worldly.” The term “worldly things” consists of multiple influences, including media, technology, differing belief systems, and societal norms. This article aims to delve into the complexities of this topic, exploring the pros and cons of shielding children, the potential impact of worldly exposure, and the importance of striking a balance between protection and independence. By examining different approaches and discussing the role of critical thinking and communication, we hope to provide parents with valuable insights and considerations to make informed choices in raising well-rounded and resilient children.

Before having children, my husband and I vowed to not allow our children to celebrate Halloween. To make this possible, we didn’t even send our oldest son to school on Halloween to celebrate the festivities. But, he became aware of Halloween from peers, teachers, and commercials. They even had Halloween parties and parades before the day of Halloween. So, he had experienced what Halloween was like before our knowledge.

This is when I realized I can’t shield him from worldly things but to make him aware through consciousness and independent thinking. My husband and I didn’t want him to experience Halloween because of how cruel people can be and the emotional trauma that Halloween horror movies can have on a child’s mind. Here is an article about the behaviors that children can develop from violent films and games. But since he had been exposed to it, it was our responsibility to teach our son how to be a conscious, aware individual, leading him to be careful of what he sees, hears, and the words he allows to come out of his mouth affect his life.

 The Pros and Cons of Shielding Your Children

Shielding children from certain worldly things can have its advantages. It allows parents to maintain a sense of innocence and protect their children’s vulnerable minds from potentially harmful content. Shielding can also create a safe space for children to grow and explore their interests without unnecessary distractions. Additionally, it can allow parents to shape their children’s values and beliefs, fostering a solid foundation for their moral compass.

However, there are drawbacks to excessive shielding. Sheltering children from the realities of the world can hinder their ability to navigate challenges and make informed decisions. It may also lead to a lack of exposure to diverse perspectives, limiting their understanding of the world’s complexities. Moreover, shielding children too much can create a sense of naivety that may make it difficult for them to adapt to the realities they will eventually face as adults.

The Importance of Raising Confident Critical-Thinkers

In today’s rapidly changing world, critical thinking is a valuable skill that empowers children to question, analyze, and evaluate information. By fostering independent thinking, we can help our children develop the ability to make informed decisions and solve problems effectively. Encouraging them to look beyond surface-level information and think critically about the world around them will set them up for success.

For instance, by allowing our children to participate in some Halloween festivities, they can nurture their creative and innovative side when decorating and picking out their costumes. When kids are given the freedom to explore their own ideas and think independently, it encourages confidence.

Encouraging Independence through Problem-Solving and Decision-Making

It’s important to note that every child is their own individual and must express themselves. Besides expressing themselves through creativity, they should be able to express themselves through problem-solving and decision-making. Our goal is to not hinder our children but to promote independent thinking to allow our children to grow into lifelong learners through experience. When children learn through experiences, they are taught how to solve problems through their decision-making skills to confidently tackle problems. It also teaches them to view setbacks as a new opportunity for better decision-making and problem-solving skills.

How to Teach Children to Express Themselves and Their Ideas

A casual approach can work wonders when teaching children to express themselves and their ideas. Encourage open-ended conversations where they feel comfortable sharing their thoughts and opinions without fear of judgment. Create a safe and supportive environment by actively listening to what they say providing validation and affirmation. Help them develop their communication skills by asking thought-provoking questions, engaging in creative activities like drawing or role-playing, or even encouraging the use of technology tools like writing apps or video recording.

Validate their emotions and teach them appropriate ways to express themselves through words or other means, such as art or music. Encourage storytelling and imaginative play as it allows children to explore different perspectives and helps develop empathy. Reinforce the idea that everyone’s thoughts are valuable, fostering a collaborative mindset rather than promoting competition.

By adopting this laid-back approach, kids will feel empowered to express themselves authentically while building confidence and enhancing creativity. Here is a post to help you understand the importance of effectively communicating with your children.

Now, go forth and foster independent thinking in the next generation! Remember, it’s all about creating an environment that encourages questioning, provides guidance without stifling autonomy, cultivates resilience and self-confidence, and engages children in thought-provoking activities.

By fostering independent thinking in children, we empower them to become self-reliant, creative, and confident individuals. By nurturing curiosity, encouraging decision-making, promoting self-expression, and providing a supportive environment for critical thinking, we can help children develop the skills they need to thrive in an ever-changing world. Investing in their independent thinking abilities prepares them for a lifetime of success and fulfillment. So, let us embrace the journey of fostering confident, independent thinkers and witness the incredible growth and potential that unfolds.

Ultimately, there is no one-size-fits-all answer to whether to shield children from worldly things. It is essential for parents to carefully weigh the benefits and drawbacks, considering the potential impact on their child’s development. Striking a balance between protection and independence is crucial, allowing children to navigate the world while providing guidance and support. Parents can equip their children with the tools necessary to thrive in an ever-changing society by fostering open communication, teaching critical thinking skills, and nurturing resilience. Through thoughtful decision-making and a commitment to their child’s well-being, parents can raise well-rounded individuals who are prepared to face challenges and embrace the world’s opportunities.

If you are a parent, we urge you to take the time to talk with your children to discuss the boundaries you are setting, and to develop a strategy to shield them from worldly things whenever necessary.


  1. Should I completely shield my children from worldly influences?

No, you shouldn’t completely shield your children from worldly influences. Protecting children from worldly influences can hinder their ability to navigate challenges and make informed decisions, creating insecure children.

2. What are the potential adverse effects of shielding my children from worldly things?

Shielding children can create a sense of naivety that may make it difficult to adapt to the realities they will eventually face as adults.

3. How can I balance protecting my children and allowing them to experience the world?

You can balance protecting your children from worldly experiences by creating a safe and supportive environment by actively listening to what they have to say providing validation and affirmation. Also, you can help them develop their communication skills by asking thought-provoking questions and engaging in creative activities.

4. Why is independent thinking important for children?

Independent thinking is essential for children as it allows them to develop critical thinking skills, become more creative and innovative, and learn how to make informed decisions. It also helps them build self-confidence, express their ideas and opinions, and become active societal contributors.

5. How can I encourage independent thinking in my child while protecting them from harmful worldly influences?

Encouraging independent thinking in your child can be done by creating a supportive environment that fosters curiosity and exploration, providing opportunities for decision-making and problem-solving, and allowing them to express and defend their ideas. It is also essential to balance guidance and autonomy, providing support and mentorship while giving them the freedom to think for themselves.

6. Can independent thinking skills be developed at any age?

Yes, independent thinking skills can be developed at any age. While it is beneficial to start nurturing these skills early on, there is always time to encourage independent thinking in children. By implementing strategies such as promoting critical thinking, encouraging self-reflection, and providing opportunities for decision-making and problem-solving, children of all ages can develop and enhance their independent thinking abilities.

7. How can independent thinking benefit children in the future?

Independent thinking equips children with essential skills that will benefit them. It helps them become adaptable, innovative, and better equipped to navigate challenges and solve problems. Independent thinkers are more likely to succeed academically, pursue fulfilling careers, and become active and engaged members of their communities.

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  • Kevin Carney says:

    Your definition of the term “worldly things” is very broad and as such I suspect will mean different things to different people. But I agree with the main idea of this post. Striking the right balance is by definition, a balancing act, but that is the key.

  • Hari says:

    This is the question every parent would ask at some point in their parenting journey. In my opinion, having a balance between protection and giving him/her the independence to learn things conciously is critical. A very good post indeed!

  • Lydiah says:

    Children who become independent develop certain skills that enable them to become important persons in life.

  • Sheenia Denae says:

    This is something I constantly wrestle with as a parent. This post contains a lot of insight, thanks for sharing!

  • Kevin says:

    Promoting the importance of parents being involved, setting boundaries, and actively guiding their kids to think critically are such great points. Good perspective for parents as they head into October

  • Pantea says:

    What a thought provoking article on whether or not we should shield our children from wordly influences. As a child psychologist I think you make some great points and appreciate your article.

  • Carmen says:

    Very interesting topic, I agree we need to guide the children in our lives because shielding them from everything around them is almost impossible.

  • John Rowe says:

    Interesting post. I think it depends on the capacity of the child to understand and cope with what they experience. Also, how things are explained and contextualised for the child.

  • angie says:

    the world can be very terrifying at times raising our children not to be afraid but aware is the goal thanks for your tips

  • Temmy says:

    Love this,independence and critical thinking skill is very crucial to raising a child.We can’t shield them from worldly things but as parent we can provide them with tools they need to navigate and become a responsible adult. Thanks for sharing.Temmy

  • Destiny says:

    As a mother, I concur that you should let your children express themselves. They will benefit as they mature because they will become more courageous and self-assured to stand up for what is right and to be properly understood by others.

  • Tiffany says:

    This has definitely been on my mind lately. My husband and I have discussions about it. I fear exposing my child to the world, but God knows what we are up against in this world. My child wasn’t born into this world, in this modern world, by mistake. Therefore, I must trust God to guide and navigate my children on earth. And use their experiences to train them in patience, trust, and wisdom. I pray the gospel is the anchor to their hearts and the compass of their minds. Living a life in pursuit of God. May they be reminded of the steady and firm foundation that can only be found in Christ.

    • The Millennial Modern Mom says:

      Tysm! Absolutely! Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he grows old he will not depart it- Proverbs 22:6

      Thank you for your feedback!

  • chunteofmuse says:

    Love this post. I struggle with this as well, so it was nice seeing that a. others struggle and b.there is a balance.

  • Kelly says:

    As a parent, trying to strike the right balance can often be tricky. I appreciate your insights and thoughtful guidance on a topic that needs to be shared. Great post!

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