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February 25, 2009


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Welcome to 2009. Not at all what WE grew up in, eh? The scary reality is there. I guess the only thing I feel I can do is to model appropriate behavior and not only give respect but insist on respect from my kids and those I deal with. I can't cotrol the media (although I control how much of it my kids have access to), but I can control how I talk to other kids, moms or whoever. I strive for the ultimate in respect and expect nothing less from either the kids or adults I encounter. Certainly easier to say than to live by but that is my goal. Give and accept nothing less then respect.

Zen Mama Wannabe

I like that...about how you "insist on respect from my kids and those I deal with." Maybe that is the way to handle it. To not cave in to what seems so prevalent in today's society. Although it is SO hard to do. Sometimes I feel like I am the lone wolf in the forest, just howling at the moon.

Anyway, thanks for the words of encouragement!


Unless you choose to live in your own sheltered world -- and I know people who have made that choice -- you're pretty much stuck with the fact that your kids are going to be exposed to a whole lot of things you'd rather they not be exposed to. You can limit their time in front of the TV, but once my kids outgrew Sesame Street, I found there was precious little for them to watch that didn't have objectionable language or behaviors. I resisted for awhile, but finally realized that banning certain programs at home only made it more certain that they would watch them at other people's houses.

Hollywood -- I use the term in its broadest and most generic sense -- says that it gives us what we want. I don't think that's true. But somehow that seems to be what sells, and so that's what we're all exposed to almost every time we turn on the tube. (Do you begin to understand why I almost never watch TV??)

I've tried to instill in my daughters the value "respect the dignity of every human being" - whether they've earned it or not, whether they return it or not. I cannot control the actions of others; I can control my own (and to an increasingly limited extent, my daughters').

But yes... sometimes it feels very much like the lone wolf in the forest!

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