Then it comes to a point, when you realize that you haven't been raising your children alone. You might not even be the biggest influence in their lives.
Their friends, the internet, the school, the internet, video games, cell phones, the internet, the guy at the bus stop and the internet have planting naïve dementia into their brains.
I sometimes look at them, when they start talking and ask "Who the hell are you?" Why are they talking like cartoon ninjas.
If they are not exposed to the internet, games and electronics at home..then where? They will get it at school, when they go to their friends house or even that guy at the bus stop (no one knows who he is and why hasn't anyone removed him)
Powerless as parents, the saying 'do as I say not as I do', comes into play. We work, play and waste time online. We use cell phones, play video games and are hooked up with some great music too.
What are they getting from it? Well I am now in the middle of finding out. There is no more of the blind eye here. The boy was kicked out of school and I have to deal with it. We will sit and talk...as I start into the whole deal, I start to learn. This is my educational week, crap has hit the fan I am on clean up duty. My whole investigation is heading towards pointing the finger at the stuff on the internet, TV and games.
Have I failed to protect? Am I to blame?
Can I lock him in a closet? Can I send him to school in a uniform? He will be the kid with no computer, no phone, no TV or games. There was a time when kids (my childhood) did not have these things,
How do you reverse the damage? How do you incorporate it all in a positive way? How do you start over?
What the hell are they thinking?