May 11 2010
Every single time I go home to visit my sister and brother-in-law I’m astounded by how mature my 10-year-old niece is.Â It really makes me feel like one of those guys who always says stuff like “I never did that when I was your age.”Â But it’s true.Â I just can’t believe the stuff kids do today.Â I can only imagine how my brother-in-law must feel.Â Guy must want to kill himself every day.
I mean before we know it the girl is gonna be going on dates, playing spin the bottle and God knows what else.Â It’s just a fact we all have to face.Â Kids are growing up much faster these days and you can either roll with it or do the best you can to plot against it.
But honestly,Â it ain’t gonna work.Â In my eyes the best you can do is try to teach your kids some responsibility.Â That’s why I think I’m gonna let my kids do these four things at ages where I really believe they probably shouldn’t be doing them….
Drink Alcohol - Age 15
I first got drunk at the age of 15.Â I began doing the whole weekend drunk thing at around 16 and all the while it was pretty well hidden from my parents.Â No, I’m not saying to encourage kids to drink at these ages.Â I’m just saying you know they’re going to do it anyway so the best you can do is really drill down on the important stuff like not drinking and driving.Â Not drinking so much that you’ll puke.Â Stuff like that.Â I’m not sure it’ll help but honestly, what else can you really do?Â No, I’m not gonna let my kid drink in the house or have parties but I’ll be damned straight to send him/her a message for when they do decide to drink.
Have Sex – Age 15
Kids are having sex at 12 these days.Â That much I know I will burn into the brains of my kids. Â If I ever find out I swear I might kill them.Â But again, they’re going to do it anyway so all you can do is just hammer down safe sex on them.Â Honestly they’re not emotionally equipped for sex at these ages yet but that doesn’t mean you can’t burn it into their brains that if they don’t use safe sex they’ll die.
Stay Out Late – Age 15
If my kid stays out till 3am but doesn’t drink?Â I’d rather them do that.Â If my kid stays out late and has sex but uses protection?Â I’d rather them do that.Â There’s a fine line between an honest and open relationship and drilling down rules.
Have a Cell Phone – Age 11
My niece is 10 and she has a cell phone now.Â Technology is a bitch and there’s nothing we can do about it.Â Hey at least we can keep tabs on our kids with all this satellite stuff now.Â Privacy is no longer private and in this one case I can see a benefit.
P.S. I’m not a parent so what the hell do I know?
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