Parent Alert: Who Is Really Raising Your Kids?

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 How Far Is Too Far When It Comes To Protecting Our Kids.

The other day I was reading the newspaper and this is what I read…

Smoking with Kids in the Car and the Windows Up (was the headliner.)

I witnessed parents placing their three little kids in van seats.  Then the father opened a carton of cigarettes.  In a few minutes, the mother was smoking, with the windows up, as they drove away.  This is just plain child abuse.  Isn’t it long overdue for Colorado to pass a law to protect innocent children trapped in vehicles with toxic tobacco smoke?

What do you think?

How far should the government go when it comes to making laws to protect children?

Are too many laws going to take away the rights of parents to parent?

Are kids better off today than they were say… 40 or 50 years ago?

I received this email that Glenna Kelly had written that tells it like it was in the good old days.

How would we have known they would be the most memorable days of our lives, I do remember it all…;

Black and White Televisionemail 5

email 1  email 6

Black and White (Under ago 40?  You won’t understand)

You could hardly see for all the snow,

Spread the rabbit ears as far as they go.  Pull a chair up to the TV set,

‘Good Night, David. Good Night, Chet.’




My Mom used to cut chicken, chop eggs and spread mayo on the same cutting board with the same knife and no bleach, but we didn’t seem to get food poisoning.

My Mom used to defrost hamburger on the counter and I used to eat it raw sometimes, too.  Our school sandwiches were wrapped in was paper in a brown paper bag, not in ice pack coolers, but I can’t remember getting e..coli.

Almost all of us would have rather gone swimming in the lake instead of a pristrine pool (talk about boring), no beach closures then.

The term cell phone would have conjured up a phone in a jail cell, and a pager was the school PA system.

We all took gym, not PE… and risked permanent injury with a pair of high top Ked’s (only worn in gym) instead of having cross-training athletic shoes with air cushion soles and built in light reflectors. I can’t recall any injuries but they must have happened, because they tell us how much safer we are now.


Flunking gym was not an option…even for stupid kids!  I guess PE must be much harder than gym.

Speaking of school, we all said prayers and sang the National Anthem, and staying in detention after school caught all sorts of negative attention.

We must have had horribly damaged psyches.  What an archaic health system we had then.  Remember school nurses?  Ours wore a hat and everything.

I thought that I was supposed to accomplish something before I was allowed to be proud of myself.

I just can’t recall how bored we were without computers, Play Station, Nintendo, X-Box and 270 digital TV cable stations.

On, yeah…and where was the Benadryl and sterilization kit when I got that bee sting?  I could have been killed!

We played ‘king of the hill’ on piles of gravel left on vacant construction sites, and when we got hurt, Mom pulled out the 48 cent bottle of Mercurochrome (kids liked it better, because it didn’t sting like iodine did) and then we got our butt spanked.

Now it’s a trip to the emergency room, followed by a 10 day does of a $49.00 bottle of antibiotics, and then Mom calls the attorney to sue the contractor for leaving a horrible vicious pile of gravel where it was such a threat.

We didn’t act up at the neighbor’s house either; because if we did we got our butt spanked there and then we got our butt spanked again when we got home.

I recall Donny Reynolds from next door coming over and doing his tricks on the front stoop, just before he fell off.

Little did his Mom know that she could have owned our house.

Instead, she picked him up and swatted him for being such a goof.  it was a neighborhood run amuck.

To top it off, not a single person I knew had ever been told that they were from a dysfunctional family.

How could we possibly have known that?

We needed to get into group therapy and anger management classes.

We were obviously so duped by so many societal ills, that we didn’t even notice that the entire country wasn’t  taking Prozac!

How did we ever survive?


Live simply
Love generously
Care deeply
Speak kindly
Leave the rest to God

When are rules and laws to many for raising kids?

Here is what our kids can’t do or even enjoy anymore, because of all the social rules and laws being past…

1.   Society says we have to have organized sports for kids now.  No more just going to the park to play tag or softball.  We have to pay for this activity and there are never any winners or losers, so no one will have their feeling hurt.

2.   If your child does not act like society says they should, because they are very active, something is wrong with them and you better get a pill for them from your doctor.  This slows them down.  Are we making zombies out of them?

3.   If you are out in the public and your kid is throwing a fit, be very careful how you handle this, someone is watching and may call social services.  You must be a bad parent. (Maybe that pill is the answer for their unruliness.)

4.   Don’t get me wrong here, but what about all those big expense vehicles parents have to buy now, because there 8 year old still has to be in a car seat of some kind.  (I think car seats are good, but how far is the law going to take it.)

5.   When your kid is old enough to drive, do you really know what kind of a driver they are?  Parents use to be able to teach the kids how to drive; now you have to hire someone to do this.

Do we want the government and society to keep taking away our rights as parents with all their rules and laws?  Or do we want the right to raise our kids as loving parents like most of us were raise?

You be the judge…When is enough, enough? (When they put cameras in our house, so they can see what is going on behind closed door?)



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  1. Hi Debbie,

    Ah…you brought back good memories of the time gone by when we used to do so many things, and yes – there were no restrictions, rules, regulations, laws and nothing to be scared or nor follow.

    But the case of the kids in the car and parents smoking, unless parents realize how they are harming their own kids – I guess the lawmakers might carry on making such rules. However, it’s the kids who are the main sufferers in all of this as their play, time, and activities are all restricted – they aren’t really as free as we were in our days.

    I hope there is a realization from both, the parents, and the society lawmakers so that the children are able to live freely and have a good life.

    Thanks for sharing. Have a nice week ahead 🙂
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    • Hi Harleena,

      No the kids today aren’t as free as we were and I do wonder how this is going to play out when they are adults.
      as for more laws, parents should use more common sense when it comes to kids and smoking, but at the same time many of us have grown up with our parents smoking and we are still kicking.

      laws are good, but when are there to many that it stops us from raising our own kids?
      I would love to follow your twitter account by the way, but mine is still messed up from when it was hacked into. If i ever get that squared away I would be honored to be following a wise lady.
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