Tuesday, May 06, 2008

A BIT OF A RANT!

This is not a pretty picture post or even a wonderful quote. It is more of a registering of a trend that I find very disturbing. Call me old, call me old fashioned, call me out of touch with the culture today.....I don't care what you might call me, but this article in the Washington Post yesterday really bothers me in a BIG way. What are we teaching our children? What have we taught the young parents of today about the meaning of being parents themselves. From this article it would seem not much good.

The article appeared on the front page of the B section of the Monday, May5, edition of the Washington Post and it is about nightclubs that open their doors to parents and their children 7 years old and under for a time of "clubbing" together. It's called Baby Loves Disco. Now I don't have any problem with little kids dancing and having fun with there parents, but this seems mainly to be a program to allow parents a day or night out drinking and dancing in a nightclub atmosphere with their kids. This is how the article described it...."it was a 300-person play date that mixed Bud Light and ba-bas, sequined halter tops and Huggies. Once a month, the latest in I-don't-wanna-grow-up parenting hits the District at the edgy nightclub of the moment,"

It was some of the quotes from these parents that really set me off.

"..... took a long pull on his rum and Coke. He was glad that he could buy a drink. He was, after all, huffing on the dance floor, his 11-day-old son, Henry, strapped to his chest in a Baby Bjorn and his wild 2-year-old, A.J., wiggling across the room.

His wife, ....., was delighted to get back into a nightclub so soon after childbirth.

"When you become a parent, you suddenly stop being this person you've been all these years, and that part is hard," she said."

Well, yeah, when you choose to have children you do become a parent!!! I don't think you stop being who you are you become a different facet of who you are. You now have a new role. In my old fashioned opinion if you don't want to be a parent that DON'T BECOME ONE! And yes it is hard! But it is so rewarding as well. As a parent you have a responsibility to your children and I personally don't think that includes taking them clubbing at 11 days old!

If you would like to read this whole article you can see it here. It is not just a DC phenomenon. It is all around the country. I would be interested in knowing what you think. Am I the only old fashioned thinker that worries about what we are teaching our young ones about life and how is should be lived????? Just curious. If I am I will go find a rock and crawl under it.





4 comments:

Lee (LuvLee on SCS) said...

Oh sheeeeesh!!! And then people have the GALL to wonder "what's wrong with the young folks?" and why there's no inherent respect and altruism!!!! Not so long ago, parents that took babies and young children into that kind of atmosphere would have their children taken away from them for "contributing to the delinquency of minors" and for "child endangerment".........and yet there are so many FANtastic folks who have not been blessed with the ability to have children!! It's just sooooooo wrong!!

Susan said...
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Susan said...

I guess my initial post got lost.

I was just saying, don't crawl under a rock on MY account. I think this 'take baby to the club' practice is plain wrong and is abusive to the children.

I wonder what happened to children's right to safety, responsible parenting, to not having their hearing destroyed at 11 days of age, to not having parents who drink and subject them to the drunken behaviour of others, cigarette smoke and drugs?

If the US is like Australia, there is more public outrage over the mistreating of animals than there is over the mistreating of children....

Sarah said...

Are you kidding me?! I don't understand why this would even be appealing to people. It never ceases to amaze me what people will go through for a "good time". It also kind of makes me wonder who is driving home...