Do You Know What Your Kid Is Watching?

Last Friday afternoon my oldest daughter, who is now 17, was laying on our couch watching MTV. Normally I have that channeled blocked on the living room TV because I do not want my younger daughter watching it but since she was gone I unblocked it. I decided to sit down and have a look see to what was going on with the old MTV channel.

My daughter was watching a show by the name of 16 and Pregnant. Honestly I was sickened by this show. I watched maybe 15 minutes and I made her turn the crap off. The episode I saw had a very pregnant 16 year old shopping with her mom for a prom dress. I am sorry, 16 + pregnant = NO PROM in my little world. What is wrong with some of these parents?

The only good thing I have to say about this show is that I was able to ask my daughter what her opinion on teen pregnancy was. I was glad to hear that she wants no part of it. At least she is smart enough to tell me what I want to hear! One of her friends already had a pregnancy scare this summer and from what I understand this friend was actually disappointed that she wasn’t pregnant!

Do you know what your kid is watching? Man, we have sure come along way from the good old days of Barney and Sesame Street!

Party Pooper

I am not the type of mom that does well with planning kids birthday parties. We usually just do a small family type of celebration. Both of my girls birthdays are in July and they are 12 days apart right during prime vacation time.

This year my youngest daughter really wants to have a party with her friends. The last time I planned a party with her friends only one kid showed up. It seems unless your party is at some bowling, skating, pizza or some other fun filled place, nobody comes. What happened to the good old days of having a birthday party at your home? You know the type, you play some games, have some cake, open presents and then everyone leaves.

It seems now days people are spending hundreds of dollars on kids parties! I worked with a girl that held her 1 year old son’s birthday party at a pizza place and dropped $500 doing it. For a party that the kid will never remember! I also love how some of the parents feel they must give gifts to the guests! I am sorry, but we do not live in Hollywood and the kids do not deserve Swag Bags!

My youngest daughter and I have come up with a plan for her 9th birthday party. We are going to have a Karaoke party. We already have a karaoke machine, so all we will need to get is some of her type of music. I figure we can order a few pizzas, sing a bunch of songs, have cake, open presents and then send them home!

Now to figure out what to do for the soon to be 16 year old’s party! I can guarantee you it won’t look like anything you see on My Super Sweet 16 from MTV! Not with my party planning skills or my wallet!