Sep 9, 2009

LOCK THEM UP and THROW AWAY THE KEY

from March '09
because I am up to my eyeballs in state capitals and parts of the human body at this moment . . .
my brain is FRIED
:sizzle:



That's what I really want to do with my kids . . . Lock them up and toss the key. NO, not because they are driving me BONKERS (That's a story for another day) but because I am scared for them.


Remember when we were kids?
We could hang out in the neighborhood with the other kids as long as we were home before dark, we could turn the tv on without our moms going in panic mode, WE COULD NOT go to R rated movies, We enjoyed the occasional Happy Meal without worrying about obesity.
:Gasp:
And NO we did not have the option to get 2 % milk or apple slices

I know there was crime back then but you just didn't hear about it like you do now.
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I have to go outside with my kids at all times because you just never know who is lurking around the corner.

I have to make sure they don't watch the BAD cartoons.
(BAD CARTOONS?? What ever happened to the Smurfs?)

I have to make sure to fast foward most of the commercials that come on regular tv.
I have to BAN certain barbie dolls and these things too.

And then I have the INTERNET/CELL PHONE issue to look forward to.
MySpace, Facebook, Sexting, chat rooms, Cyber Bullies......
Ya know, as much as I love my computer/internet sometimes I wish there was NO internet.
:Gasp:
I can honestly say that I am glad that myspace and facebook were not around when I was a teenager. I have heard about the horror stories that surround some of these teens and I just don't know how I would have handled those issues back then.
I am one of those types that can get easily offended and my feelings can get hurt very easily too.

I DO NOT WANT MY KIDS TO DEAL WITH THIS but is there a way around it??
In this day and time?

What are your thoughts?

Do you wish we could go back in time?
(Hey, the cartoons were better!)

Philippians 4:6
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.

14 comments:

Kate on March 6, 2009 at 7:10 PM said...

Well, I'm worried about all of those things and more. I have 2 teens and a tween and hubby and I are pretty strict. We don't allow any "hanging out" with friends because we thing it only leads to trouble. They have to be "at" a friends house with the parents home and we confirm this. They don't have phones in their rooms or TV's. I have MTV and VH1 blocked by the parental controls. We only let our oldest have a cell phone and it's a "pay as you go" with no texting. I know all of their friends and their friends parents and have been over to most of their houses to meet them and get to know them. We chose to live in my hometown instead of hubby's because it's small on very very rural. I know I seem like an over protective freak but...all of the other Mom's I know are either on the same page or more over protective than I could ever think of being.

So, not to blab on but I have 2 daughters 18 and 11 and a son 15 and they are happy, healthy, well adjusted and have tons of friends so I don't think my being over protective has deprived them of anything.

You can feel free to be as over protective of your babies as you like!! I for one bloggy Mom will stand behind you 100%.

RazzberryMomma on March 6, 2009 at 8:45 PM said...

I'm told *all the time* that I'm "too over protective", but I have to say that I really don't think that term exists. I'm a protective mommy. It's who I am and I'm NOT ashamed of it! There's a lot of bad stuff out there and it's my job to worry about it so my kids don't have to. I don't see that as a bad thing. I'm just being cautious. My kids play and have fun and have friends, but they also know that mom's serious about staying safe and they don't screw around. They'll probably resent me for a while... until they have their own kids... and then they'll understand and probably thank me, so I'm not worried. I love my kids and they know it. They also know I'd do anything to protect them and keep them safe. And I want them to be prepared for those times when I'm not around and know how to handle it.

And I totally agree! Cartoons were sooooo much better when I was a kid! There are whole kids channels that I won't let them watch. Something about that just seems weird, no?

The Petersons on March 6, 2009 at 9:29 PM said...

I SO agree with this post! I'm probably considered an overprotective parent, but I don't care. There's just too much scary stuff that goes on that I don't want my kids to be dealing with. I don't even allow my kids to go to sleep overs. Yep, I'm a party pooper! Oh and I hate the cartoons on nowadays too!

TheSingleGirl on September 9, 2009 at 12:52 PM said...

I hear ya.

I SO hear ya.

I look at my sweet baby and I have serious thoughts about keeping her in a giant hamster ball.

My man rolls his eyes at my homeschooling-no tv-no growth hormone laden foods-no sleepovers-no computer plans but then again he had experienced beer, cigarettes and porn by the age of 13...I was still listening to Disney songs and playing with dolls then.

So, yeah, I think I'll do things my way.

THE WORLD IS A SCARY PLACE.

If I win the lotto I'm buying an island.

Eva Gallant on September 9, 2009 at 4:41 PM said...

I agree; the sad thing is thare are so many parents who are waay to permissive.

just stopping by from SITS to say hi; hope you'll do the same.

Nichole on September 9, 2009 at 5:48 PM said...

Yeah, thank God He's sovereign,
...really...I can do all I can (and I do, by His grace) but, "Unless the LORD watches over the city, the watchmen stand guard in vain." (Prov.127:1)

By the way, I don't know what your using for math, but Saxon is kicking my you know what...I actually had a math nightmare last night:/ Too many drills!

Theta Mom on September 9, 2009 at 9:49 PM said...

I hear ya girl! You are spot on in this post and I think all mothers would agree with you. We live in a different world these days, part of which is a little scary!

BTW, just found your link on twittermoms. It's awesome! I'm following your blog and on twitter!:) Would love for you to check mine out as well!

Maria @BOREDmommy on September 10, 2009 at 12:43 AM said...

Thinking about all the things that we have to worry about now that we didn't "back in the day" is so overwhelming and stressful - almost too much to bear really. Sadly, I think I will end up having to be as strict as my parents were just to keep them safe in the future.

Casey's trio on September 10, 2009 at 7:24 AM said...

There are some of those new technological advances that I wonder how I would ever live without, but I also worry about how that will affect my girls as they grow up. UGH~ myspace, texting (sexting)~what a nightmare!

T. on September 10, 2009 at 9:48 AM said...

I totally feel you there...my son is 7 yrs. old and I think the same things all the time. Like, for example, we are teaching him to ride his bike and I never put on the 8,000 pieces of safety gear like now. I fell on my butt, got some scrapes, and voila riding! It's scary the commercials that are approved for cartoons afterschool, he says things sometimes that are just odd that I know he gets from Nickelodeon of all places, at primetime or earlier, which is hightened b/c we are central time so later shows are earlier for us. On a good note, I heard they were remaking another 80s fave the Smurfs into a movie for kids, so maybe there is some hope out there!
Fellow SITSta,
T.

Amanda on September 10, 2009 at 11:25 AM said...

I don't wish we could go back in time so much as I wish parents would STOP trying to be their kids' best friend and be PARENTS. But I would go back for the cartoons. The ones now suck. And the Sesame street we grew up with on DVD has a parental advisory? WTF is up with that?

Beeb on September 10, 2009 at 12:20 PM said...

Aww, the link to the controversial Barbie dolls is broken, and I'm sad because I want to see what they are! LOL!

I don't have kids yet, but I'm a worrywart, so any children of mine would probably end up inside a protective plastic bubble no matter what era I had them in.

Emilie on September 10, 2009 at 7:45 PM said...

Well said.

Both my kids are babies, and I don't want to even start thinking about what life is going to be like for them as they get older. :(

I have a 16 year old girl cousin that I somewhat mentor, and my jaw has dropped several times from things she tells me that goes on.

I refuse to let my daughter play with Bratz.

Cartoons on these days are trash. Thank God for DVD sets! ;)

And, BTW, I scratched and sniffed this comment. It smelled like dirty computer screen. I'm disappointed. I was hoping for Grape or Tutti Fruitti.

The Jacobsen Family! on September 16, 2009 at 7:31 PM said...

Yes, it's scary. All we can do is pray pray pray!

 

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