Thursday, July 22, 2010

"They're called boobs, Ed!"

"They're called boobs, Ed!"

We were sitting around at Ye Olde Swimming Hole a couple of years ago at a community gathering, mostly listening to the younger parents obsesss over rug-rat control.

"Do you let your kids listen to 99.5 in the morning?"

"Heck, no! Even the radio lyrics are pretty gross."

"And what is it that Katy Perry wants to do? Kiss a girl?"

"Oh, mine thinks that's cute. 'Cause she kisses her mommy and her sister and all."

"I came home the other day and the babysitter was watching that Real World thing. You know, where the kids get drunk and sleep with all their housemates?"

"Oh, I know. I wonder when I'm going to have to stop editing what they watch on TV."

The youngest~and I might add, most clueless~of the mommies then turned to me, and asked about my feelings on limiting popular media in my house.

"Oh, I don't think we do." I turned to Mr. Fairway for affirmation. "I mean, they're gonna see and hear most of this eventually anyway, aren't they?"

This, from the mother who let her 10-year-old~who now, as a summer swim coach, is the role model for all these little girls~watch "Erin Brockovich."

More than once.

21 comments:

Pseudonymous High School Teacher said...

Do you thimk those are Julia's real boobs or is everything she has pushed up?

Cheryl said...

I'd rather let a 10-yo watch Erin than any of those vampire flicks any day of the week. At least it had purpose.

erica said...

Um, Erin Brokavitch was a kick butt kind of lady! A good role model! And great boobs.

pegbur7 said...

I agree with Cheryl but of course mine are all grown now. Great post. Stopping by from Mama Kat's.

Jeanie said...

The first kid gets limited, the second not so much, and the third pretty much sees it all. At least that is the way it seemed to turn out for us.

Megan (Best of Fates) said...

I think Erin Brockovich is a great movie for a young girl - all about caring about other people more than yourself.

p.s.~ I had a childhood obsession with The Babysitter's Club that strongly shaped who I am today. Oh, how I longed to be Stacey.

paige said...

I love it. I share your attitude!

Raine said...

I agree with Erica - Erin Brokavitch is a good role model. Who has the time to censor tv?!

Steph S. said...

Erin Brokavich is one of my fave people/fave movies :) Good post!

Krysten @ After 'I Do' said...

Eh, I'd rather let my kids watch that the the evening news. I mean, how much can you edit letting them watch when people in real life are doing such horrible things? They're going to find out about things one way or another.

The Blonde Duck said...

I have to admit I loved that movie.

Sarah said...

Pushups do wonderful things for us! Love that movie. On the other end of the spetrum, some people don't own TVs. Wonder how their kids get their sex ed?

Betty Manousos:cutand-dry.blogspot.com said...

I've seen this movie and I loved it!
B xx

Lucy said...

Not that I let my kids go wild and watch anything and everything but I knew that eventually they were going to see it and by the time they were teenagers well, the more you try to stop them the more they will figure out a way to see it!

I honestly can't remember how old my kids were when they watched Erin Brokavitch, it is a good one.

My husband let them watch Twister when they were very small, my daughter still to this day has a fear of tornado's but she loves the movie, go figure!

Angelia Sims said...

I remember back in the day at the skating ring when they banned Olivia Newton-John's "Let's get physical".

I really did think that song was about exercise. Haha.

I saw The Shining when I was 5. Scared me to death. It's good to preview movies. :-)

Julie M. said...

Holy boobs! How did I not remember that part? I loved that movie!

Kristy said...

I only saw Erin B. pre-kids so I have no idea if it would be appropriate or not. You just don't pay much attention until you have kids, you know?! BTW, thanks for the KIND comment at my site for my first stab at fiction in a while. I was nervous and then excited to see my first comment! :) Thanks!

Alissa said...

Making a movie taboo is just going to make a kid want to watch it even more. Growing up I had a friend who wouldn't let her watch The Breakfast Club until she was in high school. So, of course she became completely obsessed with that movie.

June Freaking Cleaver said...

Old Erin did have a loosey-goosey kinda lifestyle and wardrobe.

But in contrast, she was working for something bigger than her cleavage...so I think my kids would have noticed that as well.

Heck, even Forrest Gump was a risque romp in celluloid in parts.

gaelikaa said...

Well, we can't know everything can we? Which is probably just as well for our kids.....

miss jo said...

Hey, Erin's a pretty good role model to have and her cleavage the least of parental worries. She knew how to cut the muster. However, not sure how her decolletage helped in her toxic cleanup campaign.

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