Saturday, June 21, 2008

Back on my Parental Soapbox

Yesterday at Wal-Mart, Tyler and I were picking out some magazines for our down time during our trip. I picked up Glamour and a health magazine and warned Tyler that his choice needed to be appropriate to look at around his teachers (he's been into gun magazines lately). First, my son has a really twisted version of appropriate and second, I could have been so lucky for an ammunition magazine. First he picked up a motorcycle magazine with a really cool bike on the front. Okay. His next choice also had a bike on the front but with a bikini clad woman sprawled all over it. I immediately said no and got an eye roll and sigh. He then began to plead his case, remember he's only 13.

Mom, it only has a girl on the front. I have other magazines like this at home that Grandpa gave me.

So I picked up the magazine and flipped through it and quickly pointed out the repeated pictures of half naked girls.

I don't even look at the pictures. I read the articles.

Are you kidding me? He's using that excuse all ready? At this point it was time to go. BUT as we were standing in line I decided we needed to continue this debate.

Tyler, that is not appropriate for someone your age to look at. And until you are 18 it is my responsibility to censor what you see, hear and do. That is my job as your mom. Like it or not.

When I told Chad about it later, I had to ask if I overreacted. I was really worried that I made a bigger deal out of it than it really is. Chad assured me that I was just being a good momma trying to raise a respectable boy. What do you think?

1 comment:

Happi Lynn said...

I TOTALLY agree!!! you did the right thing and you set the bar for what you think is appropriate or inappropriate. He'll remember that the next time he's tempted to grab the magazine with half naked pictures on it. Hope it's an awesome time away and that you come back with great memories!

Love ya,
Hap