Blogs Are Stupid

Doesn't anyone believe in Dear Diary anymore? What happened to the joy of putting actual pen to paper? And why does every ordinary Jane and John think they can write well enough to burden the world with their scribblings? It’s a mystery that badly needs solving. My first entry contains my thoughts about blogging and will set your expectations. The rest will probably be stream of consciousness garbage, much like you’ll find on any other blog. Perhaps we will both come away enlightened.

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Boys Will Be Boys

Preface: Both of my boys have recently had their internet access revoked indefinitely for looking at inappropriate material. This is not the first time, hence the "indefinitely" part.

We have explained to the boys that wanting to look at boobs is a perfectly natural thing. We understand that. And really, we have tried to be very matter of fact about nudity. Boobs are not bad, or dirty, nor is looking at them.

But it's all the other stuff they could stumble onto that worries us. There is some scary stuff on the internet, stuff they they can't yet understand, and don't yet need to see.

But still they look. It's like Pandora's box, I suppose.

That said....

The ball team has been on a losing streak, which we finally managed to break this evening. The coach promised the boys a trip to Hooters if they won.

Well, yannow. Incentive is incentive. And when you're fourteen, very little inspires like Hooters.

So we went. I have no problem with it. I know, objectifying women and all that. It should bother me. But it doesn't.

Diminutive One had never been to Hooters before. He was...impressed, with the erm....decor.

At one point, Husband asked him what he thought. His reply?

"WOW. This is better than the internet."

16 Comments:

  • At 10:34 PM, Blogger LizardBreath said…

    LOL..that reply is a keeper! I like your parenting style. I try to do the same -being firm but still not forgetting to reward good behaviour. Taking them to Hooters was brilliant. They'll remember that one forever!

     
  • At 7:16 AM, Blogger slouching mom said…

    Hahahahahahahahah!

     
  • At 12:03 PM, Blogger the only daughter said…

    And so...how were the wings?

     
  • At 2:13 PM, Blogger TraceyTreasure said…

    Thanks for sharing this with us. I laughed out loud at this! I'm with you about the stumbling onto other things on the internet. I was searching a dog training book,(Beyond Obedience = some dirty, dirty stuff came up), = picking up spyware somewhere. It was a bitch to get rid of and I can't get the images that were stuck on our screen out of my head. I say good job. They don't need internet until they are old enough to move out!! Happy Father's day to your hubby!! Hugs!

     
  • At 3:02 PM, Blogger Chicky Chicky Baby said…

    Smart boy, that one. Real life is always better than make believe.

    And by "real" I mean silicone enhanced. ;)

     
  • At 7:26 PM, Blogger SUEB0B said…

    Could you look with them and talk about what is healthy and what isn't? I think looking at p00rn with your mom would be the biggest turnoff to it ever.

     
  • At 9:14 PM, Blogger Jozet at Halushki said…

    Pandora's Box! Was that a Freudian slip? LOL!

    Well, I think my husband has gone full circle: first being most interested in playing baseball, then looking at porno when he was a kid, then becoming more interested in "the real thing", and now most interested in playing baseball on the Internet.

     
  • At 11:35 PM, Blogger jen said…

    nothing beats 3-D.

     
  • At 7:14 AM, Blogger womaninawindow said…

    Ya, jen said it better than I could have. And holy crap, I appreciate your honesty, open-mindedness, and yet limits. What the f? There are REAL people in the world?

     
  • At 12:10 PM, Anonymous slackermommy said…

    I love your approach on this topic. I'll have to remember this when my son is the age of yours.

     
  • At 1:04 PM, Blogger mamatulip said…

    *snort*

    Love it.

     
  • At 5:21 PM, Blogger Amy Y said…

    I love Hooters! Nothing wrong with a nice set of boobs bringing you some yummy wings. :)

     
  • At 10:07 AM, Anonymous Janet said…

    What a coach and great parenting for going along. Boobs. Also a topic for conversation with my 14 y/o. Asked a schoolmate for a picture of her boobs via text message. Has now been accused of sexual harassment. One freakin' message. Sometimes I just don't get it...

     
  • At 1:49 PM, Blogger Cathy Burke said…

    My 8 yr old was looking up baseball websites and came across a picture of a young woman wearing a baseball shirt pulled up exposing her breasts. Sporty! He printed it and we told him it was inappropriate, etc. Case closed. Well 2 days later we found out he printed copies for 2 of his buddies. Nice. We had to have a talk about pornography and how it is NOT okay for a child to have and distribute pictures of a naked woman without permission. We decided it was also not okay for daddy to lounge on the couch while the kids cruise the internet unattended. Boobs!

     
  • At 1:17 PM, Blogger NatzG said…

    We are part of a pagan community that has clothing optional kid-friendly festivals. Nothing like that for teaching kids that boobs are boobs are boobs...nothing dirty, nothing shameful, nothing secret...just normal. It's an eye-opening experience being in a swimming pool with a bunch of naked people and no one cares about it. The only thing that matters in that instant is keeping the beach ball in the air.

    Kudos to you for another healthy approach!

     
  • At 2:15 PM, Blogger Trenches of Mommyhood said…

    When we were in Myrtle Beach, we passed a Hooters and Eldest piped up, "Hooters, Hooters, Hooters!" Apparently this line is spoken in Adam Sandler's movie "Big Daddy."
    Yeah, he's 6.

     

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