Friday, September 25, 2009

Where's the values?

I am finding it hard to be a parent these days. It is frustrating to me to fight so hard to keep "the world" away from my little family. I am so not a perfect parent, but I don't need any help from outside forces to mess up my kids. I will do it all by myself, thank you very much.

I feel the need to rant. At dinner last night, that hubby graciously offered to cook at Jack in the Box after I had run late fitting high school band uniforms, our kids let us in on aspects of their daily lives we don't see. Courtney has been practicing with the color guard for their performance tonight at the football game. As they were working out the details for the uniforms, she realized she would, once again, be the only girl wearing a sleeve under her costume. One of the other girls didn't like that she would look different from everyone else and asked her if it was against her religion to not wear the costume the way it was "meant" to be worn. My mommy heart grew three sizes when she said. "No, I don't feel comfortable showing that much skin."

I haven't seen the color guard uniforms, I don't know what they look like. She didn't use the "My mom won't let me" and I was pleased. I am frustrated that she has to defend herself in choosing the right!

Maddy is thirteen years old. Yesterday, she brought home a paper from her science teacher asking permission to watch an unedited rated R movie. She explained in the paper, the movie taught the concept she was trying to teach. What! We don't even watch unedited PG-13 movies in our home! I was shocked this teacher was bold enough to even ask, and more disappointed in the parents who don't have a problem with their children being exposed to so much so young. If this is what is happening now, I don't want to think about what will be surrounding my grand kids.

I know we are taught to "be in the world, not of the world", but why does the world have to make it so difficult?!


spice girl said...

Be strong Sis! It's so great that Courtney is so courageous and brave enough to stand up for what she believes in. What Great Parents you are to have taught her such strength!

LaDeaux family said...

Good for Courtney! I understand, I'm constantly having to change the radio stations because of bad words in songs. My CD player is broken, so I guess we should listen to scriptures on tape or something.

Amy J. said...

I am so proud of your girls...and John is looking into the movie thing. It says on the paper that it is PG-13 but it is soooo R. I don't know if we are talking about the same teacher but I am pretty sure we are, Last of the Mohicans? They are saying that it is edited PG-13 but John was still going to check it out for sure. I'll let you know what he finds out.

tharker said...

Your girls are such great examples! I am so proud of them for standing up and standing out even when it may not be the "cool" thing to do.

Heather said...

I hear ya, and we're only in Kindergarten. ;)