People always say how hard it is to be a parent. But I have to wonder if that is true.
Two studies were released today that basically give parents a pass for their childrens bad behavior.
First theres the news that if your teenage daughter watches a lot of sexually explicit shows on TV, she's going to have a baby.
Actually, I thought if she did sexually explicit things shed have a baby. But thats just me.
Has it gotten so bad that parents dont talk to their children about the images they see on TV? Parents dont tell their kids that sex is more than moments of pleasure and it can lead to a lifetime of responsibility? (What do you say, Sarah?)
A central message from the study is that there needs to be more dialogue about sex in the media, particularly among parents and their children, said Anita Chandra, the study's lead author and a behavioral scientist at RAND.
"We know that parents are busy, but sitting down and watching shows together with their teen, talking about the character portrayals, talking about what they just witnessed, and really using it as a teachable moment is really, I think, a good recommendation from this research," Chandra said.
Did parents really need a scientist to tell them to talk with their children? Heres an even better idea, turn the television off and hand that child a damned book. And while your kid is reading, why not read it also?
As if this study wasnt bad enough, parents now have an excuse to explain little Joshuas violent behavior.
About 90 percent of U.S. kids ages 8 to 16 play video games, and they spend about 13 hours a week doing so (more if you're a boy). Now a new study suggests virtual violence in these games may make kids more aggressive in real life.
Are you kidding me? Heres another example of parents letting technology raise their children and science excusing the results. If this is the future, were all in deep shit and a bunch of parents are off the hook for fucking up their childrenwho didnt ask to be here!