Seriously, though, I totally see that this generation is not going to live as long as the last. And I believe when the time comes that these parents want grandkids, there is going to be a lot of infertility to deal with.
Growing up, my parents had firm, hard rules with tv, etc. TV didn't come on in the morning at ALL (quickest way to get in trouble, matter of fact.) TV only came on after dinner, so Mom and Dad could watch the news and maybe a family show or something. If we didn't have homework (I rarely did, thanks to being at school 1.5 hrs before it starts and 2 hrs after it ended because I was on my parents' commute) then we got kicked outside to play, told to play quietly in the bedroom, or otherwise left to our own quiet devices. I devoured most of the books in the house (no small feat with that many bookshelves.) My mom caught me reading Clan of the Cave Bear in 5th grade and from then on, if it was on specific shelves, I had to ask before I read it, in case of adult scenes. I was reading Stephen King in 3rd grade, stumbling my way through The Talisman and The Gunslinger.
Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, steak in one hand, chocolate in the other, yelling "Holy F***, What a Ride!"
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My wee boy is 3 years old, and me reading is a trigger for him to go get a book, bring it over to me, with "stop reading that book dad, and read this book to me". I've created a monster.
Disclaimer: I eat 'meat and vegetables' ala Primal, although I don't agree with the carb curve. I like Perfect Health Diet and WAPF Lactofermentation a lot.
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5,000 Cal Fat <> 5,000 Cal Carbs
Winterbike: What I eat every day is what other people eat to treat themselves.
TQP: I find for me that nutrition is much more important than what I do in the gym.
bloodorchid is always right
During the week, the only TV my kids were allowed to watch was about a half-hour when they first got home from school, before I got home from work. They were allowed to stay up an extra half hour before bed IF they were reading. All rules were strictly enforced, and they had to do push-ups (even in public) if they misbehaved. (I was in the Army... )
After my son finished BUD/S training (Navy SEAL), he thanked me for being a mean mom! And both my girls have 4.0 GPAs in college.
Being a parent is not for the weak-willed, but if you discipline consistently, it's well worth it! All three of my adult kids are terrific people!
Some of these are pretty yikes-worthy! I have one to add.
I was once at a small family gathering of my ex boyfriend. His cousin, her husband, and their 3 year old son were there. Worst parents ever. They gave him coke to drink... In an empty glass BEER BOTTLE! And he was cussing up a storm as he walked around swigging from his old bud light bottle. They thought it was hilarious that he was drinking from a beer bottle and cussing (he was also filthy). Needless to say, I was horrified. :O Thank goodness I never married into that family!!
But I doubt much of my generation will see that age unless they want to do it strapped to the machines modern medical since has designed to keep them furiously clinging to life.
Infertility though... Frankly with our population skyrocketing, maybe we could use a bit of a slowdown.