Hippie mom of preschoolers = chastised mom of teenagersFebruary 28, 2013
In the last week, I’ve been reprimanded twice for my decisions when the kids were young:
First, on Sunday, Em complained that I didn’t let them watch t.v. when they were young. ”there are so many shows that everybody watched, but we didn’t, or at least we didn’t unless it was on in the summer when we were at dad’s. Why didn’t you let us watch t.v.”
Oh, I don’t know. Because I thought you and your brain development would be better served by playing outdoors, reading books and drawing pictures?
“But t.v. is the one thing that connects us to other people. Even people who don’t have anything in common at all can talk about popular television shows. And you DEPRIVED us of this connection to our world!”
Never mind that they really did watch plenty of t.v. in the preschool years, although it was limited to PBS and Playhouse Disney — I did get stricter as they got older and the shows got crappier. They were complaining about not watching some show like the Suite Life of those boys – whatever that was. I don’t know – I never saw it.
Then, today. ”E-Z Bake ovens are so cool, but we could never have one!” I had to foolishly ask “why not?” ”Oh, because you hated plastic toys. And because you didn’t want us to have gender-specific toys. So we couldn’t have doll houses or EZ Bake ovens!” Em went on to say “I liked my wood blocks and legos, but I wish I could have had an EZ Bake oven!”
Even though we did bake all the time …. and I am pretty proud of my teenage feminists.