Among a multitude of thigns wrong with society in today’s America are two articles that caught my attention today:
Wow. When Chesney worked in the school system, I heard stories about utterly moronic (or at least clueless) parents, but it never ceases to amaze me the things that today’s parents do or don’t do. Things that I would just assume would be common sense. I don’t claim to be an expert in parenting, but it doesn’t take a pediatrician to tell me that Caleb is in his most impressionable years. Caleb copies everything he hears or sees, so we are really careful about what he watches.
His favorite character in the world is Spiderman, yet he has never seen either of the Spiderman movies, or even the Spiderman cartoons, because we think it’s not age-appropriate for a 2 year old. No way am I going to let him watch CSI or freakin’ ER with me! I probably would let Caleb watch 2 hours at most of TV if I ever stayed home with him, and Chesney’s even more strict with a 1 hour a day rule. And that’s Sesame Street or cute and cuddly Dora the Explorer, not blood-spurting ER, or autopsy-a-day CSI. We’re not perfect though–we are guilty of sitting him down in front of a TV small periods of time to get some things done.
TiVo is just great because we “TiVo” everything we want to watch (which isn’t much) and watch it whenever we want after Caleb goes to bed.
I quit drinking soda and eating candy, cold-turkey three weeks ago, and this article just makes me wish I had quit sooner. I guess I have to open up the boycott to not only soda, but anything carbonated as well. I’ve always been a fan of soda, and we always had soda in the house growing up, and maybe if I quit now I can reverse the effects of 20 years of a bad choice of beverage. Now, if only I could get rid of my love for other junk food…
edit: I did find an old Spiderman cartoon this morning: “Spiderman and His Amazing Friends,” from the 80’s. Caleb and I watched it. I laughed.