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10 thoughts on “Just Because They Do It, Doesn’t Mean You Can”

  1. Great post, we live one and a half blocks from the school and I will NOT let my kids walk home alone, let alone to an empty house. My teen has a FB page but it’s monitored by me constantly.

  2. Great points! My son is 12.. and didn’t even care about Facebook… I was shocked when several of our family members put pressure on me to set one up for him.. because THEY wanted him to have one. This really irks me…..

    1. Wow I can’t imagine. I would love having a kid not be interested. My DD is 9 and boy does she want to be on it. No way girly, she can wait and maybe at the age of 13 we can discuss her getting one again, but for now I am standing firm on the fact that she is too young & has no purpose for it.

      1. Yeah, 9 is so young! I am definitely not ready for him to be on any type of online forum at all! Ever since those family members mentioned it…. I know he is questioning why he isn’t allowed. I keep running into this problem with people….. imposing their ideas of how I should raise my family and not being discrete about it either! Its so bizarre!

  3. I agree with you Brandy. I am fortunate to stay at home with my kids so they don’t come home from school to an empty house. But if the parents work late why can’t they put their children in an after school program or day care? When my oldest was in elementary school both my husband and I worked so we had her in an after school day care program. Yes she had to walk there, but she had other kids to walk with so I felt comfortable with it. I also agree with you that young kids should not have social media accounts, especially Facebook.

    1. I don’t know if parents realize that most of the out of school or after school programs can be free if they apply for them or what not. NO clue. We do have a school program, local library and rec center – all of which are free to begin with OR have free options for struggling families so I think there are options. I just don’t understand why many won’t use them, many it’s a pride thing not wanting to share your income level to get a “scholarship” for the program. IDK. Honestly, I would take kids after school for FREE just to know they are safe off of the streets and not home alone at such a young age.

  4. It constantly amazes me how many people put so little effort into their children, and it is not a SAHM, WAHM or workining outside the home issue… it is a general attitude.

  5. Isn’t the ‘friends’ thing what that Billy Cyrus did with Miley and now he’s regretting it? If kids can’t turn to their parents they will turn to their peers which have as little or less experience as them. Things have changed since we were young and there are A LOT more things to worry about. If we don’t protect them, who will?

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