Friday, February 12, 2010


First things first. This particular post was inspired by Kimberly At: Got Blog?
 But don't blame her if you don't like where I have taken this...

Today's children have become and sorry bunch. Well it didn't just happen, like some magic spell cast upon the youth of America. Nor was it an accident or a vast conspiracy. But it started back in the generation that I came from. And it has culminated in the children of today. What do you give your children as a gift? Computers? Cell-phones? Nintendos? IPods? XBox 360? Play Station PSP? Art Supplies? Even if you go out on a limb and give a really dangerous gift like a skateboard or a bicycle, you have to include a helmet and elbow pads. And it has gotten so bad it's against the law in most states to ride a bike without a helmet. And give a kid a car ride without a five point restraint system and they post pictures of you in the Daily News and brand you a BAD MOTHER. In my day BAD MOTHER had a completely different meaning. When I was 5 my father used to let me stand on his lap and steer the car. Try that today and you'll be prosecuted for Child Endangerment. Mel Gibson was chastised for showing Children with guns in his movie "The Patriot." I have owned guns since I was 6. But today I can't give my daughter a gun for any reason until some MOTHER in The Government Approves first. There's a lot of MOTHERS out there minding your business. And they have turned your children into a mass of Namby Pamby, Skillet licking, pablum gagging,  computer literate, weenies. And try to convince me that you first reaction if you saw a child untethered in the back of a car, that your first reaction isn't to be a MOTHER and call the cops to report  a rogue citizen raising a free spirit.
Think back to your childhood. Did you have a car-seat with at least a 3 point restraint system? NO! Did your mom's car have Air-bags (Besides the one she married)? NO! Did she suit you up in crash gear before you rode a Bicycle? NO! Did she only give you crayons with a warning not to eat them? NO? Did anything have a warning label on it? NO! Did she love you? YES!

Let me tell you some of the Toys I got from my mom and grand-mom as a child.  A BB Gun. A .22 rifle. A Junior Scientist Chemistry set. A Microscope with glass slides and dissection tools and dye stains. A 300 watt wood-burning tool. An Erector Set. An Electric Slot car and race track. A set of Lawn Darts.
I played Little League Baseball and I wore a helmet. But we kept score. There were winners and losers at every game. And we learned the agony of defeat and the thrill of victory. Your children watch Sesame Street and Barney The Dinosaur! We watched The Three Stooges and Bullwinkle! We had Barbie and G.I. Joe. Your kids have Teddy Ruxpin and Cabbage Patch Dolls. We had BB guns. Your kids have NERF guns. We had steel Horseshoes. Your kids have plastic Horseshoes.
In school I wrote essays of Haunted Houses and Headless Zombies. I got A's in English. I doodled pictures of sword fights and Airplanes shooting other Airplanes and guns with tongues of fire coming from the muzzle. No one cared. If a child draws a gun today, he gets expelled and sent for a psych eval! I had a psych eval. But not until I was grown and was being considered for a position on a Nuclear Weapons Security Team. I never heard what the results of the Evaluation were. But I sat at the Launch Control Panel for 21 years. So I must have passed.

I said earlier that Moms started being MOTHERS back in my generation. While I was eight and watching The Stooges, my mom told me the paper had a story of a boy who had hit his brother on the head with a hammer. And when the parents asked "Why?" He told them he had seen it on the The Three Stooges. My mom asked what I thought about that? I told her "That kid must be a retard!" Right now MOTHERS all over the world just clutched their chest because I used the "R" word. OH! How Insensitive! Well what else would you call a kid who thought it was OK to hit someone in the head with a hammer? RETARD pretty much fits. But in actuality the story belonged to the new genre of BS known now as URBAN LEGENDS.

Nosy MOTHERS Are still spreading these Tales of woe. A few years ago a MOTHER told how her 5 year old son burned down the house after watching BEAVIS AND BUTTHEAD. My fist thought was Why in the wide world of sports was a 5year old watching Beavis and Butthead? I was almost there. I was turning into a real MOTHER. But I found the truth a couple days later when CNN reported that the homeless MOTHER had lied. She didn't even have a cable connection, so her home was incapable of seeing anything on MTV. Her kid was a PYRO. But someone else must be to blame.

I have a niece who has four beautiful children ranging in age from 1-9. Her husband and she are both successful college educated Corporate Lawyers. And their children are quiet, well mannered and dressed neatly and clean. Yet whenever she goes out with the youngsters in tow, NOSY MOTHERS ask questions like: "Are you Catholic?" "Are you Mormons?" "Can't you figure out what causes them?" None of those things are true, and She finds it quite distressing. I suggested she get matching Tee Shirts that say: "My parents are married and not on welfare. So mind your own business." Or "Call MY UNCLE KURT! HE"LL EXPLAIN IT TO YOU."
So while I have, and continue to tell you Teach Your Children Well. Be their MOM. Or be a MOTHER. But don't try to MOTHER everyone else's children. Hillary Clinton is wrong. It does not take a village to raise a child. I could be wrong. What do you think? Do you think?


Ms. Anthropy said...

Oh KW... you don't even want to get me going on this one! I patted one of my kids on the butt once, for climbing on the bleachers after I asked them to stop and was threatened with CPS. I don't know how I managed to raise four that survived! Even had one of my teens threaten me with child abuse, because I grounded him and I LET him survive. Parents have lost their right to parent and the kids have suffered the loss. Sorry for the rant, touchy subject.

Anonymous said...

Well said! I know as a mother I worry about what others in the neigborhood are going to think if my daughter rides her scooter in our yard without a helmet. It sucks. When I was a kid I was able to play outside ride a bike without a helmet climb trees and I knew the difference between whats right and wrong. I believe my little girls do as well. While they may misbehave at times at home and try to push their limits when they are out they are well behaved and well manners. Which leads me to believe they are listening to my life lessons! I wathch TV with my girls and we talk about what ever it is SpongeBob may be doing is right or wrong.

But that is just me. I liked your post!

Kimberly said...

You said it. I read it. I hope believe absorb it & understand it. It not longer takes a village to raise an idiot - it takes the whole freaking gov't.

Anonymous said...

Totally agree, I was jumping garbage cans on a homemade ramp in a gravel alley out behind the house all because I saw Arthur Fonzerelli do it on a motorcycle on Happy Days. I did not succeed, I got busted up but got back on it and did it again. Gave my ex step son a slotcar track that I had and he loved it, played with it more than anything he had gotten for christmas and an erector set. He also played with paper airplanes that I made him for hours on end outside. He's more of an outdoor kid. I whipped his ass too when he needed it just like I got. Christmas day there were hardly any kids outside playing with their new toys, hell, we had to be made to come in out of the damn cold. Pussy kids these days.

Blasé said...

"I Think" I need to see if my 20ga shotgun still works. The last time I shot it was 15 years ago when I blasted a hornet's nest out of the tree in the front yard.

I remember one old timer telling me that his 'toy' when he was a kid was a BRICK.

Just telling it like it is said...

and now these are the days of our lives..My mom beat us and we exspected it...what is wrong with that?

Ida said...

You are so not wrong.

My ADHD Me said...

I am SO with you on just about everything you said!

My youngest has had a BB gun for years and got a pellet gun this year for Christmas.

If all the kids get a trophy, why bother practicing or even breaking a sweat.

Parents MUST take responsibility for their kids actions and in turn must make consequenses for their kids.

GI Joe was Cool!

If your kid touches a stove and burns his hand, then hopefully he'll learn not to touch it again....instead of trying to sue the stove manufacturers.

Sometimes a kid needs a spanking.

Little boys like to draw pics of wars, battles, zombies and monsters...period.

etc etc etc

On the other hand, safety is a good long as it isn't smothering. (I hate to admit it but I have been known to be a smotherer a time or 2, luckily my boys toughened up in spite of it.)

Bike helmets, seat belts etc are good things. Yes, we survived without them. As a teenager, I survived driving drunk too, but that doesn't make it ok.

Anyway, I think we're on the same page.

Have a wonderful evening!!

NK said...

Wait a minute. I had a Junior Chemistry Set and I watched Sesame Street! What gives?

My only pearl of wisdom is, 'Ya can't make an omlette without breaking any eggs.' And by that I mean, I remember the sting of my dad's belt like it was yesterday.

Edie said...

Amen! You preach it brother!

I do believe parents have a responsibility to monitor what children are being taught through tv movies these days. But I'm not out to make laws against watching tv.

NicNacManiac said...

I think I still have my woodburning set that I got when I was 9. My parents rocked!!!

Marnie said...

I personall believe kids should be kids...but now they can't enjoy the simple pleasures we enjoyed growing up.

It's funny, when my daughter was 2, she went through the "terrible 2's" in a big way. If I was in a store I would have the older generation say "just spank her" and the younger generation having their cell phones set up on speed dial to report me "just in case" I dare spanked my child in public.

We have become too PC as a society.

Anonymous said...

Not sure where to post this but I wanted to ask if anyone has heard of National Clicks?

Can someone help me find it?

Overheard some co-workers talking about it all week but didn't have time to ask so I thought I would post it here to see if someone could help me out.

Seems to be getting alot of buzz right now.