My friends are forever teasing me about the rock I keep my kids under… You know, the one that prevents them from getting too much from the outside world. If “The Fish” won’t play it, it can’t go on the ipod, they school at home, they are stuck watching G rated movies, PG if we have previewed it, and they don’t know who Britney Spears is. Don’t get me wrong, the kids are exposed to every day life. They hear and see things I wish they wouldn’t. I know that I cannot and should not keep them sheltered from everything.
I guess what I am looking for is some shock value. I want the lyric to a song, a word from a friend, a scene on T.V. to give them pause. It seems that the kids are constantly surrounded by grown up issues and things void of any kind of values. When they hear the word or see the picture I want it to make them think. I want it to surprise them enough that they take the time to think about what they have been exposed to and what they think about it.
It seems that the world is so focused on growing our kids up that we don’t give them the time to figure out who they are first. Alyssa is slowly entering that age where so many things can go wrong. Your body becomes this alien that has taken over. Hormones kick in and start making you cry for reasons I still can’t understand.. You notice yourself and others in ways you never had before. I remember this stage of life and just trying to find a place that I fit.
It is such a scary thing to be a parent. To watch and hope that our children have a firm foundation and take the right path. I know that anything can happen with our children. We have a lot of years in which things can go wrong. We can make all the right decisions and they can still go the wrong way. The kids have plenty of time to be exposed to the crap life can hold. For the moment at least, I want them to be children. All the teasing aside.. I like my rock. I am keeping it.