1999-05-29 / Editorial/Opinion

Just Say No

It’s not a novel observation but one worth repeating from time to time. Kids are allowed to grow up too fast.

Parents who wish to exert a little control over their pre-teens seem more and more the exception. Parents who prefer their pre-teens to remain at home on weekend nights hear a familiar refrain: "So-and-so is allowed out…so-and-so’s mother is letting him…"

The same reasoning is used when kids try to watch certain TV show movies. And the thing is, the kids have a point. They can easily cite the names of other kids who are allowed to do pretty much whatever they wish. Too many kids get their way making it a harder job for parents trying to do right by their kids.

Bravo to parents who say "no" once in a while. It’s not easy to do.

Channel 5 has been asking for years: it’s 10 o’clock do you know where your children are? We don’t think this question originally was meant for 10 and 11 year olds (and younger).

We have no solution but we think it’s a sad state of affairs when high school seniors no longer just go to proms but go to Club Med as part of the experience; it’s truly sad when younger kids than that go to bars (which illegally allow youngsters in) and the attitude of some parents is: at least I know where my kids are drinking. And we think it’s sad when boys and girls "date" when they’re younger still.

Again, bravo to parents who say "no" once in a while. It’s an uphill battle.




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