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The Cult Of The Child

Posted by bmac on January 21, 2008

I decided to put up an old post, from August, because A: I think it’s pretty good, and B: I got nothin’ today. So please enjoy my laziness.

                                                                                                                                                             

More nanny state buffoonery from Colorado, where a school has banned tag. Only two parents complained about the ban. Two. I guess most of the parents want their kids to grow up to be terrified pussies just like them.

Using kids to implement ridiculous bans is very convenient these days, as we all have to sacrifice for “The Children.” In fact, when banning smoking in bars that serve food here in Vegas, one of the big selling points for the anti-smoking lobby, was that people couldn’t bring their precious Children to a bar to eat. To a bar. To eat. Because you know, bars should be Kid-Friendly.

When did this asinine over-protection of kids start? I live near probably 5 or 6 schools, yet I never see kids walking to school, ever. Every precious little prince and princess have to be chauffeured to school now. I rarely even see school buses, I guess because they don’t need em anymore. You have a better chance of seeing a Yangtze River Dolphin, than to see an American kid outside. On the rare occasion you actually spot one, they’re wearing a gigantic BackPack, containing a small version of their room, because God forbid, they leave the house without 20 video games, an iPod, a cell phone, and a couple bottles of water. And maybe a helmet in case they have to step off a curb. When I was a kid, if I wore a helmet to ride my bike, I would’ve gotten my ass kicked.

I can only guess that this is the result of a combination of things:
1) Lawyers- Being a lawyer isn’t like being a doctor, that is, any tool can become a lawyer, and now we have an over abundance of them, guaranteeing a zillion frivolous lawsuits based on a Child being injured, (easy money, juries love Children).

2) Single Mothers- The “Oprah-ization” or celebration of single motherhood, has made it not only acceptable to be a single mother, but desirable. If you’re a single mom, you get a lot of “You’re so brave!” and ” I have so much respect for you, that’s really hard!” You get so many more “props” than if you’re actually married to a man. This is actually kind of an epidemic in this country, boys being raised only by women, and we all know how they over-protect.

3)Media- The media loves to scare the crap out of parents, with endless horrible stories about Children being hurt or worse. I doubt crimes against Children have dramatically risen in the last 50 years, but the media would have us believe there’s a child molester behind every mailbox, just waiting for you to take your eyes off your kid for one second.

4)Parents Who Want To Be “Friends” With Their Children- This is a weird phenomenon that seems to have happened as a result of adults not wanting to grow up. I see it all the time, parents having debates with 5 year-olds, cause they want to be “cool,” and not yell at their little buddy. The most important thing, above all else, is that they’re friends with their kids. Or to prove to their kid that they are just as hip as them. Something that I see all the time now, is a 4 or 5 year-old kid with a Mohawk. The parent using the kid as a prop, to prove how cool they are, because they refuse to grow up and be a parent.

Sorry, got a little off topic with that last one.

George Carlin has a routine about this, in which he says (Whiny voice) “The children, the children,” and then,”F*ck the children!” and goes on to describe swimming in polluted water when he was a kid, and how this over-protection is screwing up natural selection. He did this routine in Vegas, and a bunch of people got up and walked out, I assume because how dare he say something like that about The Children.

19 Responses to “The Cult Of The Child”

  1. nicedeb said

    and a bunch of people got up and walked out, I assume because how dare he say something like that about The Children.

    Maybe they didn’t like the “f” word?

    Anyway, I agree with most of that. But I can’t blame parents who worry about letting their children loose on the streets. I think there are more perverts out there today, than there once was. The easy access to all sorts of the worst types of porn has helped create monsters.

    But, having said that, children need to be encouraged to go out and play, more, to explore, get dirty. I just get nervous when it comes to letting them walk to school, or the store, or what have you. If you had kids, you would, too.

    As for the spoiling of kids…I totally agree with that. And I don’t generally think it’s any of my business how a person brings up their kid, the problem is, when one of them comes to my house, they have the same sense of entitlement they have at their house. I’ve uhhh…got some experience with that.

    The public schools are really good at drilling a sense of “self esteem” in the kids, apparently not realizing that self esteem comes from actually accomplishing things, not just from grown-ups telling you how wonderful you are.

    There are a lot of spoiled brats out there, let me tell you.

  2. bmac said

    Well, they went to see George Carlin, he’s been swearing in his act for years, so I doubt they were upset about his use of profanity.

    I completely understand not wanting to let kids wander around, but seriously, I never see kids playing outside anymore, at all. And if I do, they’re usually wearing full body armor. Just seems like we’ve lost something here.

  3. nicedeb said

    There are so many indoor activities now, for kids. We’ve never broken down and gotten a play station, which puts my kids in the great minority. Not because we can’t afford it. We just don’t want our kids sitting on their asses all day. The computer games are bad enough.

    I’m surprised sometimes when I look at the sneakers of my kids’ friends. Perfect condition. What does that tell you?

  4. bmac said

    Clean sneakers, man, when I was a kid, we were absolutly filthy. Kids these days also seem way too concerned about their appearence. I always see ten year-olds with spikey color treated hair. Little kids using “product” in their hair.

    I’m glad you don’t let them have a Playstation, good for you!

  5. pajama momma said

    Yeah, I’m not into my kids hanging around outside by themselves unless it’s the backyard, however I make sure that every home I get has a large backyard so they can play outside. I used to let take the bus until I heard the kind of language the kids use.

    My friends don’t even let their kids paint or play with play-do. Play-do? That’s really sad. I’m a firm believer in mud.

    I will admit my kids have to wear a helmet when they skate/snowboard or ride their bikes. One good fall and they’re brain dead. I don’t make my son wear a helmet when he surfs though.

  6. bmac said

    As far as kids being outside unsupervised, and the fear of them being molested or kidnapped, I’m pretty sure (no stats, sorry) that most crimes against children are committed by someone they or their parents know, as opposed to some random crime of opportunity.

    >>>>>>I will admit my kids have to wear a helmet when they skate/snowboard or ride their bikes. One good fall and they’re brain dead. I don’t make my son wear a helmet when he surfs though.

    That’s cool, all I can say is, nobody wore helmets for these activities for….well forever, and people managed to survive. I think a helmet on a bike is a bit much, but then again, I had broken both my arms by the time I was 9.

  7. pajama momma said

    I’m pretty sure (no stats, sorry) that most crimes against children are committed by someone they or their parents know, as opposed to some random crime of opportunity.

    You are correct. I had mentioned that I have a registered sex offender on my street the firt time I wrote that comment, but the baby deleted that comment and I forgot to re-add it, my bad.

    That’s cool, all I can say is, nobody wore helmets for these activities for….well forever, and people managed to survive.

    Yeah, that’s because the dead/brain dead one’s didn’t live to tell you about it.😉
    But I do let them play tag. In fact, I’m the first one to knock them over when I tag them.

    I had broken both my arms by the time I was 9.

    *sigh* I have 3 boys and 1 girl and one of those boys I’m certain will be just like you.

  8. pajama momma said

    Oh and there’s a lot more cars out on the road than there was when we were kids. And way more asphault and cement than we had when we were kids. At least where I lived.

  9. bmac said

    Kids heal fast!

    Yeah, I totally understand keeping kids in the back yard if you have a known sex offender on the street.

    I don’t have kids (yet) so it’s easy for me to tell everybody else how to do things!
    No offense PJ.

  10. pajama momma said

    I don’t have kids (yet) so it’s easy for me to tell everybody else how to do things!
    No offense PJ.

    I enjoy the point counter-point. You make me think. (as much as that hurts)

  11. bmac said

    Don’t strain yourself there.

  12. bmac said

    Better yet, put a helmet on!

  13. pajama momma said

    Better yet, put a helmet on!

    NO! NO! No more thinking! *grabs head* I can’t take the pain!

  14. mrs. bmac said

    Hey PJM! bmac has an X-Box. Sorry honey!

  15. pajama momma said

    Hey PJM! bmac has an X-Box. Sorry honey!

    Ha! Do you think he’ll let your (future) kids play? He’ll probably make them wear a helmet while they play won’t he?

  16. bmac said

    Who let her in here?

  17. pajama momma said

    I don’t know, but I sure like her.

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