Here’s my guy!

Isn’t he handsome?

This is why my hubby has to ask who do I like better?  Louie is the best dog I’ve ever had!

I had this dream that Amber Skyze went to a writing conference in Mexico and she came home telling all of us that our books were being translated into Spanish and we would all sell like hot tortillas south of the border – Amber…is it true???  Say it’s so!

Here’s my question…sex or violence?

Which do you let or did you let your kids watch?  Or was it both or neither?  There’s an internet kerfluffle on Dear Author, Read React Review and Karen Knows Best about teens reading erotic romance.

I have this big fat rule against gratuitous violence in my house.  Mommy, can we watch Halloween 987?  No!  Can we watch Saw 5?  No!  Can we watch Scream 34?  No!  Can we watch The Exorcist?  Oh hell no!  No violence, no horror.  You can ride the upside down roller coaster and get your thrills, but you may not watch slasher films in my home and don’t think you’re sneaking over to Johnny’s to watch at his house either!  My kids have nightmares all on their own, thank you, they do not need  to see Nightmare on Elm Street, Part 101.

My own parents were the exact opposite – violence okay, sex – not allowed.  I suffered nightmares for years and slept with a ceiling light on until I was fourteen.  Christ, I didn’t know about sex until it was being done to me and even then it took me two more years and a wise ass boyfriend to explain what it was that happened with that nasty clergyman!  I entered the 8th grade still wondering how women got pregnant.  Did they like…kiss 50 times in a row?  Did it have to be with the same guy?  Did it have to be 50 consecutive kisses or could they take a break and then pick up where they left off?  That is how naive I was.

So, I say my kids can watch normal sexual situations on TV and at the movies.  Slasher and horror both have a big red line drawn through them at my house.

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5 Responses to Here’s my guy!

  1. amber skyze says:

    LMAO I hope that dream comes true.

    Louie is gorgeous. I can see why DH asked.

    Violence was okay in my house. My youngest loves scary movies. The scarier the better. She used to go to sleep watching the Bride of Chucky. She watched it so much the tape got stuck in the VCR. LOL Yes, it was awhile ago, before DVR’s.

    No sex, though it’s discussed. Sex was taboo in my house growing up and like you I was clueless. I insisted on arming my children with the knowledge they needed.

  2. Chucky scares the bejeezus out of me!!!

  3. Chris says:

    I hate scary movies. Ugh.

    I grew up in a minimal tv household – things that were ok were things like Wonderful World of Disney (I miss that kinder, gentler, less productized Disney), The Waltons, and Little House on the Prairie.

    However, I was a precocious and unsupervised reader. :) I remember our small-town public librarian expressing concerns about that to my mom. It made no difference. Yay!

  4. Ooh, Chris, me too! Voracious public library reader in the grown up section! We didn’t even have a TV for years!!!

  5. anny cook says:

    No TV. Read, read, read… Not much on violence.

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