Hypocritical parenting — sort of…
Welcome to Parenting in the Wild, where loving, intentional parents shed truth on this wild ride called parenting.
Today, let’s talk about the things that your parents let you get away with, that you don’t allow your children to do.
I’ll go first.
I’m a hypocrite, sort of…
As a child, I watched television every chance I got. The TV was on even when I did my homework. I ate dinner in front of the television. I watched The Three Stooges while getting ready for school. Saturdays were one big cartoon marathon.
At the risk of dating myself, here are some of my favorite shows from childhood:
- Silver Spoons
- Different Strokes
- Small Wonder
- Bionic Six
- Out of This World
- Punky Brewster
- Charles in Charge
- Saved by the Bell
- The Cosby Show (and yes, I’ve given some thought to if I should still be watching the Cosby show)
I could go on and on. My children would be shocked to learn just how much TV was a part of my daily life. I limit my children’s screen time. They would certainly never do their homework in front of the boob tube.
Is this hypocritical? Maybe.
In my defense, when I was a kid television turned off. At some point the TV made that obnoxious sound along with a screen of colored bars. There were no iPads, Netflix, YouTube or phone apps.
The Internet wasn’t a thing.
Also, we played outdoors for hours back then. We enjoyed lots of screen-free fun.
As children, there were inherent and insurmountable barriers to our media intake. Not so with today’s kids. There is a screen around every corner.
What say you? What are some things you got to do as a kid that would make your child yell, “NO FAIR!” Comment below. Future parents, aunts, uncles, godparents, etc. are welcome.