If I hear the words “It’s a different world these days” one more time, I’m gonna puke.
Specifically, from parents when they explain to me why their kids aren’t allowed to do something.
It happens all the time, and I think it’s bullshit.
- I know parents who won’t let their kids out of their sight.
- They won’t let their kids go to sleepovers…
- Or try different foods, or play outside without supervision.
- I know parents who won’t let their 8-10 year old kids watch movies like Grease, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, or Back To The Future because of language or sexual innuendo.
I love these people with all my heart…
But I also think examples like this are a large part of the reason we’re collectively raising a more sheltered, less confident, less useful generation.
Look, if you’re like me, you probably remember playing outside until dark.
Jumping in ponds and canals and eating dirt and shoplifting and stealing your first kiss behind the school.
Sure, the world is different and dangerous… But what the fuck are you gonna do? Shelter your kids and raise them into adults who are scared of everything and haven’t tried anything?
Kids need to see things and and taste them and get skinned knees and get lost a little.
They need to be pushed outside their comfort zone and put in new situations that make them shit themselves a bit.
Last summer, we spent the summer on the west coast, traveling and exploring with the kids.
One of our stops was the Pacific Northwest, and while we were there, we took the kids on a tour of a licensed Medical Marijuana farm.
We examined huge, 6-foot plants growing in the sun and saw the entire cutting and drying process. We also showed the kids all the permits and prescriptions that made it all possible.
Why? Well, our daughter is heading into high school this fall. I’m guessing it’s just a matter of time before she gets introduced to drugs…
And I would much prefer she knows exactly what marijuana is are and how it works.
The alternative is someone handing her something she doesn’t recognize at a party and telling her “try this, it will fuck you up.”
This isn’t fantasy. It WILL happen.
But by being open minded and educating her, I can help prepare her to deal with those situations.
Now, I’m not saying I want my kids buying weed, or walking around cursing like sailors…
But I am saying this:
If your kids are between 8-10, let them go to the bathroom by themselves for fucks sake. Let them run into the store and buy some milk on their own.
If your kids are between 10-14, you better start having talks about sex and drugs with them.
And If you’re sheltering your kids from the world…
Quit being an overbearing asshole.