What can I say? I'm a mean mom. ;-)
The way I was raised was the opposite. I was never allowed to climb anything or do anything fun because I might hurt myself, or get in with the wrong crowd, or whatever; yet I was constantly scolded for not doing anything.
Wow, that's harsh. I'm sorry.
She could tell them she grew up in Alaska, where they didn't HAVE television... I've met other Mainers who had people ask, "Do you have electricity in Maine? Is there snow all year? Do you have moose in your back yards?"
For us, the answer to the moose question was definitely yes!
"Saved by the Bell" was still on when she was a kid?
Sooo many reruns on weekday afternoons. When I was in middle school you could easily watch two hours of Saved by the Bell after school every single day.
I've actually watched Saved by the Bell. What is strange is I do not remember 'Doug'. Hmm. Maybe I didn't watch a lot of it after all....
But you, as a mom, rocked.
Erin's a lucky girl.
You're right, there wasn't a Doug on the original show. That was Zack, AC, Kelly, Jessi, Lisa, and Screech, plus someone who joined later...I think her name was Tori. Not sure about that. There was a New Class series a few years later, though, so maybe he's from that?
Yes, I watch too much tv. And I remember everything from it, unfortunately! (As a plus side, I rock at Trivial Pursuit.)
My kids (now 30 and 27) got a LOT of mileage out of "No, I didn't watch it, my mom wouldn't let me" when they were younger.
Both of them have thanked me for being such a "mean mom" in recent years, though. It makes up for a lot.
Yeah, they get more grateful as the years pass.
2008-01-14 09:51 am (UTC)
Don't forget Showgirls! Though that's actually so bad it's good. But still...
Had I aspired to parenthood, I would have raised my kids the same way: lots of fortbuilding and tree-time, and little tube-time.
That was my own childhood- we lived in places where there was no TV signal, so I became a radio person (still am- NPR plays more in my house than TV), and have no regrets.
Glad your daughter recognizes how truly rich and lucky she is.
We were lucky enough to live in a neighborhood of like-minded parents so there were a bunch of girls running around together.
I am much more likely to listen to NPR than any other broadcast anything.
Heh, I've never *liked* Saved By The Bell, to be honest. I tended to read more than anything else. Only my cousins got to run around, climb trees, ride motorbikes, built forts. I was considerd too fragile a child. *Sigh.*
I now envy Erin. =P
Boo! Girls should not be treated as fragile.
My parents never explicitly banned me from watching TV. However - I was part of a lively gang made up of schoolmates who lived on my street or on the street behind us, thus there was much of the tree-climbing, fort-building, "let's be samurais and ninjas!" thing going on. (In my day, a TV series called "The Samurai", dubbed in English from Japan, was quite the thing among us.)
Interestingly enough, we watched very little TV! Books, yes. Comics, yes. But mostly we were happy, rambunctious, and outdoors at every possible opportunity - even during monsoon rains.
Cool that you had a bunch of friends more interested in being outdoors than in.
HAHAHAHAHAHA! Actually, this was entirely similar to a conversation I had with my own mom at one point. She refused to let us watch rubbish cartoons - a habit which fell by the wayside by the time little brother came along. But we were keen to introduce him to such coolness as The Fraggles and old Doctor Who, so it balanced. He's a year younger than Erin, and a huge Neil Gaiman fan now. *buffs nails* ;-)
Growing up, I never watched any of the crap after school telly - for the longest, Mom only had a tiny black and white tv, so we couldn't anyway. Sometimes I feel like I missed certain cultural references, but mostly, I prefer the outdoor forts, the made up games, and the hiking in the woods. :D
Whereas I grew up in a household where there was a TV in every room and all of them were always on - except mine. Then I would be berated for reading books and being "too snooty to watch TV like the rest of us."