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Friday, December 09, 2005

Rejecting "slut culture"

I am the very proud mother of two young adults ~ a boy who's 19 and a girl who's 18 ~ who have both chosen throughout their short lifetimes to reject the Beavis/Butthead culture for boys and the Brittany culture for girls. Oops, I did it again (!)...I forgot that we actually did buy Brit's first album when we foolishly thought that she was a cute little girl-nextdoor type. But other than that, my kids have steered clear of slut culture. In fact, my daughter became very dissappointed in the evolution of Brittany, and chose on her own to get rid of the album. (Not to mention that her personal taste in music was maturing as well!)

So I was quite happy to see an excellent article by Mona Charen in the Jewish World Review this morning entitled A Modest Backlash Against Slut Culture. I highly recommend it to you.

It grieves me deeply to hear other parents say that they cannot influence their kids away from the cultural garbage, and that they cannot control what their kids do. Of course they can! While there are no guarantees, parenting certainly can make a difference. While we all realize that we cannot be with them 24/7, we certainly can control what goes on within our own home! My husband and I had standards that we expected our kids to follow. So many of my friends do not seem to. And then they cry about the trouble that their kids get into.

I know that rebellion happens. It happened in my house. No duh! I know that you can do everything right as a parent and still have a child rebel. I also know that you can do everything wrong and still have your kid turn out wonderful. But you know what? I'd rather do the right thing and not have the consequences of their poor choices on my head! I gave them a fighting chance by raising them a certain way ~ it is now up to them to live up to that.

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