Oh Dear! I’m Turning Into My Mother
Not that it’s a bad thing, but I’m feeling “old”. I’m having trouble understanding the ways of the world, the entertainment world to be exact. I find people like Lady Gaga and Katy Perry annoying and disturbed. I cringe at the thought of my child listening to the likes of Justin Bieber and Miley Cyrus. I am physically and mentally incapable of watching shows such as Yo Gabba Gabba! and Phineas and Ferb. Let’s just face it, Hollywood is a weird place.
We disconnected cable television in our house as another means of cutting back costs. We are so glad we did! It’s amazing how much television rules people’s lives. Sure, it can be used for educational purposes, and we currently do have our digital converter box hooked up to the antenna so we can tune in once in a while. By no means does it dictate my schedule. I don’t have to be home at a certain time to watch a certain show. Entertainment freedom.
We listen to quite a bit of music in this house. When it’s quiet, we find ourselves throwing in a cd or letting music stream from the many music-enabled devices in our home. We do not, will not, and should not listen to bad music. Ever. This includes most of the music on display at the Grammy’s last night. I saw the leftovers via msn.com this morning and could not believe my eyes. Thank goodness my ears were protected! This is no longer music. It’s a freak show.
I didn’t always feel this way. I used to have Oscar parties just to see what everyone was wearing and talk smack. I once was hard wired to New Kids On The Block, drooled over Kirk Cameron and desired to befriend other teen sensations. I watched every reality show known to man. I was young and hip once too, you know! Anyway, I still dabble in frivolousness from time to time. However, as I age, I find it okay to let it go. I have other things I could and should be doing.
I hope I’m not one of those Moms who questions every little like and dislike of my children. From this day forward, I vow to allow. I will allow my kids to listen to whatever they want and to watch whatever they choose. I will draw the line at bad language and weirdness though. I will act as a filter and cover their eyes and ears from the “bad”. Look at it this way, they haven’t seen much, do you really want part of their reality to be bizarre television shows and terrible music? Come on parents, educators & caretakers – we can’t let everything slide. Eventually we will have a problem. There is a fine line between what is acceptable and what is right.