Parenting and home schooling


We’ve recently decided to ban Pablo from watching his Ben 10 DVDs. We should’ve done it sooner, we are to blame.

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Here are the reasons why we’re banning Ben10:

1. Ben is disrespectful to his grandfather. He raises his voice and talks back when he’s being corrected.

2. Ben is mean to Gwen, his cousin. He calls her names, picks fights with her all the time, pull cruel pranks on her and embarrasses her in front of other people.

3. Ben is rebellious. He does not take well to corrections. Sometimes, he even runs away.

4. Ben has vile, spiteful, demeaning words in his vocabulary.

5. Ben is arrogant. He thinks he’s everything that the world needs to save it.

6. And many other things that you don’t want your kid to become.

And here’s the MAIN REASON why we don’t want Ben around our children anymore:


Lately, whenever Pablo watches these Ben 10 shows, we’d see him practice some of the above traits. Within the past two weeks, we’ve heard him use words such as “what the hell….” and referred to his brother, Lukas, saying, “…he gets on my nerves”. He told us that he didn’t know what “getting on my nerves” meant and we explained it to him. But goodness, he was practicing it in a conversation with, good heavens , a boy he just met, before he asked us about it.

I’ve also observed him playing pranks on Lukas and two Fridays ago, he decided to be a hero to his friend, JT and made another kid cry doing so.

We’ve talked to him, reminded him, and disciplined him for imitating many of Ben’s ways when he failed to listen.

All attempts for guidance seem ill-effective. Drastic measures need to be applied.

Goodbye, Ben!

“And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to go into hell” Matthew 5:30.

“And those who make idols are just like them, as are all who trust in them” Psalm 115:8.

“Direct your children onto the right path, and when they are older, they will not leave it” Proverbs 22:6.


  • katharinetrauger

    Come out from among them . . .
    A companion of fools . . .
    You are doing exactly what needs to be done. Shoulder the responsibility and learn from the experience!
    Good job!
    Also, thanks for following at Home’s Cool! 🙂

  • Mommy Che

    Matt isn’t watching Ben 10 shows but unfortunately I gave up stopping him from watching Spongebob and similar shows., because there was a time when I could not monitor every show he’s tuning in. I also hear him say “what the hell” and I know I should do more than tell him to stop using that phrase. Haay, I hope it’s not yet too late…

  • lovemindanao

    i have seen this animated show before and it was really seems violent..the same goes with the other kiddie shows… you made a good move for the sake of your child.

    • May De Jesus-Palacpac

      My son was 6 and highly impressionable. We’re not very strict with these things, but when they respond badly to what they see, we take action. 🙂

  • papaleng

    You should have done that a long time ago. My apo was fascinated with Ben 10 but we have to refrain him since I read several bad reviews from friends about Ben.

  • Elizabeth O.

    I didn’t know that because my kids don’t watch it. It’s a good thing you banned your son from watching it.

  • Sim @

    I have totally had the same behaviour from my daughter when she watches similar programmes like Spongebob – I have banned her from watching them. I would rather she watches something with good morals – harder to find these days!

  • Karen

    I agree that as parents we have to discipline our children from TV programs that they watch. Some cartoon programs are violent and yes, some don’t even teach manners at all.

  • Shawnyce

    Wow, I never thought of that. My daughter isn’t old enough to imitate things like that, but one time she saw someone smoking on TV and she then tried to “smoke” a crayon! She is only 2! We have to watch what they see and hear. For now she loves Nick Jr and Spongebob.

  • Pooja Kawatra

    Well I believe BEN is not the only kids show which is arrogant or violent and not suitable for kids.. I have noticed quite a few others as well. Kids really pick the words pretty fast.

  • Don Martins

    Lol. I guess kids are really into imitating their favorite characters in films and cartoons at times. Well it’s for the best. It just sometimes when you stop a child from having access to something they love, they may start going for it in secret and thus start telling lies to defend it. So my best advice, you should try to limit it or censor each episode before letting him watch.

  • nicol

    ive never watched ben 10 as a child but after reading this, i can understand why youve banned it. children are easily influenced

  • R U S S

    I’m not familiar with Ben but I see why Ben is being banned. If I had kids, I would do the same. There are a lot of cartoons now ( most of them, I don’t even know the names of the characters ) but I did notice that a lot of them are cartoons but if you watch closely, they’re not kid-friendly.

  • Louise

    It admirable how you know what your kid watches. I mean, some parents would just let their kids watch cartoons just to keep them away from annoying them, right? I’ve known a lot like that. It’s good that you know what values and what bad habits your child picks from what he watches. This is an eye-opener for young parents out there.

  • Fred

    I also noticed this development especially with the teenage Ben. I agree with his lack of respect for elders and for girls. So many cartoons make it seem cool to talk back and it bothers me a lot.

  • Sunshine Kelly

    Fully support you on this. Parents should monitor what their child is exposed to, be it on television, friends, internet or any reading materials. If it gives negative impact to the child it should be stopped straight away before the impact get strong and its harder to correct.

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