We All Need Mayberry ; The Relevance of The Andy Griffith Show in Today’s World

A lot of voices in the parenting world label TV as a worthless waste of time. Monitoring what our kids watch is important, but there’s no need to completely exile the talking box to the attic. Moderation remains one of my guiding principles in parenting; my kids get PLENTY of outdoor time but I believe that there ARE shows airing that are worth being seen, even if we have to go back a few years to find them. For the duration of my childhood, The Andy Griffith Show was an entertainment staple in my household; my parents were avid fans, and the hilariously relatable situations of its episodes made me laugh from a young age. Knowing that it was filmed when my parents were kids showed me that they, like Opie, had likely gone through the same things that I, many years later, was experiencing myself. Now I’m sharing this awesome show with my kids, and they love it in all its black and white glory. Just as I could see myself in Opie’s shoes, my children can, too. Even though era-specific details are present in the show (Wait, why is he putting money into that phone? Didn’t they have…

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