Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Desperate Parenting

I had this conversation with my nephews last week.

"So. Have you guys seen Pirates of the Caribbean 3?"

"Yeah." They both answered unanimously.

"Did you like it?"

The younger one replied, "Yeah. It's very nice"

I frowned and looked at him, "What do you mean? Were you scared at all? Could you understand the story?"

They were confused and unsure how to answer me.

"It was too long and too much love stories going on between that dude and that girl." said the older one who is in Standard 5 this year.

"Yeah. Too much saccharine but not too overbearing, no?"

They looked at me even more confused.

"It's like Desperate Housewives." the older one replied.

"Huh? You watch?"

"No. I guess it is. But you know my friends watch it," he looked at me conspiratorially and waited for my response.

"I don't think it is suitable for them, no?"

"YEAH! So unfair!" he exclaimed and pout.

I simply smiled and thought about his exclamation, "Unfair?" I supposed he didn't get to talk about it in school. What baffles me after my conversation with the boys is that how could parents actually allowed their kids to watch such TV series without adult's supervision. Can you imagine when they have grown they aspired to be like Edie? Or, worse, that loser, Susan. I might sound like a boring uncle, but I do not want my nieces or nephews to grow up wanting to be a desperate housewives or husbands whose goals in lives is to get laid.

Also, I think parents should be more responsible by controlling their children the type of shows they could or could not watch. No?


Sam said...

Bad in real life, great in TV. :P

That's drama I suppose. :D

adrien said...

hey i've been watching Friends since i was a kid, and i didn't think it led to a bad influence.

tv is GOOD. hehe

Bibik Nyonya said...

You have no idea how fast kids grow these days. When i was their age, i was still watching Smurf and My Little Pony. Now they dance to Avril Lavigne and dress like Paris Hilton.

Legolas said...

Well, I really don't know whether the world has changed or not. I guess maybe it's the parents. The parents are more hip and trendy nowadays. So, maybe that's the reason why kids get exposed to stuffs like that earlier.

ethnwg said...

sam: erm, i guess *shrug* but, im DH is getting a bit too predictable.

adrien: FRIENDS is harmless TV cos the neighbors dont kill each other or sleep w/ each other :p

Bibik: haha i knw. my nephew who is only 9 sing to Gym Class Heroes, and dance to The Fall out boys

Legolas: i think parents shud be more responsible. but, i guess money is more impt hence the ignorance.