Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Slippery Slope

As I mentioned in an earlier post, I have entered into the realm of letting kids stay home alone sometimes. It is quite liberating to have a teenager and very responsible 11 year old in the house who can watch their younger siblings for an hour while I run to get the groceries!

My friends and I laugh sometimes at how the slope can become a little slippery. I didn't let Josh watch any Disney but Bambi (and I fast forwarded through the Mother Deer dying scene) or Pooh (and I fast forwarded through the heffalumps and woosles nightmare) until he was 5 or so. Even then, it was very guarded with a lot of fast forwarding. On the other hand, some of Hannah's first words were "Dart Bader," and Sophia has seen more "Suite Life of Zach and Cody" than I care to mention.

Still, the other day when Sophia (3) said, "Mom, I don't need to go to Target with you, I can stay home by myself," I am glad that I didn't pause too long before saying, "Not yet honey, wait a few years."


Pat said...

Stay home alone?? What is the world coming to? (I remember when they couldn't play outside by themselves or cross the street to play.) My how times have changed. Before you know it they will be driving.

Tammy said...

I could have written this post. I sometimes shudder at the things that Garrett and Caitlyn watch because of the other ones. Although, Brittany and Allison will never admit but I think they still like it when I make them watch Mickey Mouse Clubhouse with Garrett!

stephanie said...

Isn't that just the truth? I guess it is the way things go for most of us. When my oldest was younger, I used to shudder when Disney used the word "stupid" in a movie. I now have forgotten which one, but for sure it was not allowed back into our viewing library in those days. Truly, that is still a bad word at our house even if the movies/shows we watch are far more mature. Those younger siblings...bless their hearts!