The following was written under the influence of rage and disgust. It has nothing to do with food and a whole lot to do with making broad all encompassing generalized statements. I thought seriously of taking it down but decided against it. While it may offend some readers maybe it will inspire others to become the parents they should be to the very small souls given to them for a short while. At least I hope it makes you go hug your kids.
Apparently there was some horrific gang rape outside a school dance, it lasted for 2 1/2 hours. And other people showed up and joined in. I was on twitter and a "mom" twitterer was waxing on and on about "how youth violence laws need to be tougher" Really?
I don't think it is the answer. These kids have had violence shoved down their throats since they were toddlers. Sexuality too. The average kids in America watch 32 hours of tv a week. A WEEK. That's what like 4 1/2 hours a day? Wow!? They are routinely taken to movies that make me blush. Anyone watch Transformers 2? Violence and sex at every turn. They had a 3/4 nude girl dry humping the star of the movie and then grabbing him by the neck with a tail that wiggled out from her scantily clad backside. She nearly choked while beating him to death. And it goes on and on and on. Unbelievable violence teamed up with some steamy sex kitten shots. Not for kids right?
Guess which fast food chain had kids meal toys for this very adult movie? Burger King! Yes 4 year olds were being marketed to. And parents assuming it would then be a suitable movie for little kids took there kids. Except surprise it's not a kids movie but gee we paid 10 bucks so we're not leaving. Can't waste that money now can we?
And lets look at daycare. Where I'm pretty sure that kids basic needs are met but where are the parents to provide that intimate one on one time that is so essential to kids. Yeah you guessed it out earning the money to take their kids to COMPLETELY inappropriate movies. We are saying to our kids, money is more important than you. Sorry kid I'll squeeze you out but after that you are someone else's problem. Except they don't learn (by and large) whats really right and wrong because mom and dad are too damn busy making money to pay for daycare.
Someone needs to be there with the kids. Period. Sure it's hard but we can all do it, it takes a commitment to living on a budget, not having the best of everything and being ok with a 3 year old cell phone. You will get kids who care. Who stand up for what is right. And when they do something stupid and get caught they don't try to keep getting away with it because they know it's only going to get worse.
So sure it's easy to say we need tough youth violence laws but how about tougher parenting guidelines? You squeeze 'em out, you stay home with them and raise them right. Quit passing the buck, stand up, do whats right even if it hurts and it's hard. Because it's right. And your kids are watching.
Am I way off here? What are your thoughts?