June 6, 2012
Who's the Boss?
During a recent grocery store run, I noticed a slender, blonde, thirty-something woman shopping with her cute four-year-old daughter. There was a lot of playful interaction between the mother and her child. Initially, it appeared to be a heartwarming sight -- something you might see in a TV ad that was produced by the LDS church and filmed in suburban Salt Lake City. God bless America! However, I live in a leftist college town and upon further encounters in other aisles I realized that the woman was trying not to be a nurturing mother, but her child's best friend. They both were hyperactively scooting around the store, making shrieking sounds and giggling. Furthermore, the child clearly was in charge of the interactions, not the mother. Do today's modern families need no parents? But if parents are indeed obsolete, how can we explain the juvenile Occupy Wall Street camps? When responsible adults aren't present, such micro-societies inevitably...(Read Full Post)