I think the rest of us should take back the word wholesome. As a non-christian parent, I'm offended that the life I am trying to give my child is not considered wholesome because I've chosen to let my child experience more of life. Fu@k and $hit are the only words I really don't want him to know or say until he's much older. My son sometimes drops something and says, "Sucks. Damnit." I laugh, while others hear it and are horrified. I am planning to tell him the basic mechanics of human reproduction in the next couple of years, while adding to his knowledge and continuing the dialogue throughout his preteen and teen years. Well, maybe my husband will have to take over when it becomes uncomfortable for my little man. I won't let him go to McDonald's or any fast food restaurants, other than the very occasional trip to In-N-Out or Chipotle. But I am pagan, and therefore my son's childhood is tainted.
I am going to try an experiment. I never make new year's resolutions, but this year I'm going to try one. I want to attempt to give up TV for a month. I think this could give me some real insight, since a lot of "wholesome" families claim that this is one of things they've chosen to do that makes their families closer. I know that they give it up to push away non-christian influences. I want to do it to give up commercial influences and to force me to make more time for my child and my own pursuits. I think at the end of the experiment, I'll watch significantly less TV in general, but that I'll still go back to it. I think I'll really get back into my writing, spend more time at the park with my son, exercise more, and prepare more elaborate meals. We'll see. Wish me luck!