Mild Abuse?

No TV or disgusting fast food? Monsters!

Feb 20, 2008 · posted by Cord Jefferson, MollyGood · Link · 87 Responses
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Comments (87)

No. 1 Billy says:

No T.V!….No Burgers!…this could turn your kid into an angry alien!…but watching the Tom & Katie Reality Show 24/7 might have the same effect.

Posted: Feb 20, 2008 at 2:07 pm
No. 2 Ruby Jackson says:

What about vaccines?

Posted: Feb 20, 2008 at 2:14 pm
No. 3 Billy says:

What do you mean…No T.V.? ….when Daddy is in the movie media business…does’nt this sound a bit condescending & hypocritical…. now fuck off Dad…and go get me a Happy Meal…& a large cola…dont forget the ketchup….be back quick…take the spaceship>..and go

Posted: Feb 20, 2008 at 2:18 pm
No. 4 EsquaredMom says:

Final proof that they really are crazy- my kids live for Happy Meals and the play place at McDonald’s. And so do I, as it means an hour of relative peace for me. Lazy parenting at it’s finest.

Posted: Feb 20, 2008 at 2:19 pm
No. 5 glibby says:

She can’t watch regular tv.. that doesn’t mean Suri isn’t allowed to watch select cartoon and educational videos and she may be allowed to eat gourmet restaurant or home cooked burgers.. I wouldn’t let my younger kids watch tv either. You can’t censor what they hear and see.. even the commercials are so raunchy. Mc Donalds’ food is nasty and we all know it. This is not a treat for children it’s like giving them poorest grade, or slightly expired food because you are too cheap to throw it away yet. Make your own snacks and treats if you must be out for a long while, censor out the crap they watch and hear and keep those little minds and bodies healthy and happy.

Posted: Feb 20, 2008 at 2:19 pm
No. 6 EsquaredMom says:

glibby, you must live in a perfect world where nothing ever goes wrong and your children are perfectly behaved and never eat or watch anything remotely bad for them. Hallelujah. Where can I find this world, and how long until I too become the perfect parent who never relies on outside sources to feed or entertain my children?

Posted: Feb 20, 2008 at 2:22 pm
No. 7 cooter is clumsy says:

Poor Suri! I would die without my weekly Happy Meal!!!!! Thats just wrong.

Posted: Feb 20, 2008 at 2:22 pm
No. 8 Billy says:

….wait Dad!…I forgot …i also want…. want Ben & Jerry’s…a Party Pack….a bag of bush….and the latest Rambo movie….now you can go….fuck off & fly

Posted: Feb 20, 2008 at 2:24 pm
No. 9 Frowny McBeard says:

Boy, she’ll have an awkward socializing phase if she doesn’t just assume she’s better than everyone. Or that she’s the only one who can help them make new realities.

Posted: Feb 20, 2008 at 2:25 pm
No. 10 Lisa(#1) says:

Dudes, it is just because they have an endorsement deal with Burger King. “Our flame broiled burgers are out of this world ™.”

Oh man, even I groaned at that.

Posted: Feb 20, 2008 at 2:25 pm
No. 11 hms says:

Typical behavior of affluent parents (especially older parents of which there is one of those in that household).

Posted: Feb 20, 2008 at 2:26 pm
No. 12 Lisa(#1) says:

Wait, I thought Scientologits are all “our kids are their own persons and we let them make their own decisions.” Did I make that up?

Posted: Feb 20, 2008 at 2:26 pm
No. 13 queencrone says:

I can’t think. Glibby is making me feel so guilty right now. Let me pop open this beer.

EsquaredMom, another fun place (you probably already know this) that I take the monsters is Borders. I can let them run amok, and sit at the snack area, drinking coffee.

Winter sucks.

Posted: Feb 20, 2008 at 2:33 pm
No. 14 Rachel says:

The first time I let my daughter play in a play place was yesterday. The first time she ate fastfood was probably 8m. I would have let her play on the play centers earlier as well but I was nevous the big kids would accidentally hurt her. They helped her when she was playing. I am now a play place lover. Ohh my daughter watches TV all the time. She knows how to work the remotes and even turns the channel till she finds her cartoons. There is nothingwrong with TV. Suri is going to grow up and see something on tv that she shouldn’t have seen and have a panic attack thinking the world is coming to an end. She still drinks from bottles. SHE IS ALMOST 2. Those people are crazy.

Posted: Feb 20, 2008 at 2:33 pm
No. 15 jujubees says:

But it’s ok to give you 3 year old red bull? Right? He needs the energy to get my starbucks.

Posted: Feb 20, 2008 at 2:35 pm
No. 16 Lisa(#1) says:

That isn’t good, Juje. You crash after Redbull. Haven’t you seen those commercials? You need to give your kids 5-Hour Energy.

Posted: Feb 20, 2008 at 2:38 pm
No. 17 jujubees says:

Oh yeah, So they don’t have that horrible sugar crash. That may mean less complaining when I ask them to mow the lawn. I’ll just set the timer so I know how many hours of work I have left. that’s what’s so great about having 4. That’s 20 hours of labor right there.

Posted: Feb 20, 2008 at 2:40 pm
No. 18 EsquaredMom says:

I’ve never heard of Borders. Is that an American thing?

My 2 year old was apparently bored with playing in here while mommy was on the computer, so she went into the kitchen, pushed a chair over to the counter, opened the peanut butter, got a spoon, and started eating the peanut butter with the spoon. I just noticed when she wandered back in here reeking of it and covered with PB. True story. And it just happened. Take that, glibby, and stick it in your pipe. Score one (more) for bad parenting.

Posted: Feb 20, 2008 at 2:47 pm
No. 19 Lisa(#1) says:

Juje: you should hire them out - make some non-taxed income while you are “watching” your kids.

EM: it is a bookstore chain. I would say that it isn’t bad parenting, it is Darwinian Parenting. And if you’re brat is only 2, well, she is quite smart and self-sufficient already. Score one for survival of the fittest.

Posted: Feb 20, 2008 at 2:49 pm
No. 20 Sugar Magnolia says:

My kid doesn’t really like the food from McD and BK. She’s just ini it for the toys.

BTW… Am I the only one who finds that giagantic headed king creepy? What the hell is he doing outside my window at 6 in the morning?!

Posted: Feb 20, 2008 at 2:53 pm
No. 21 queencrone says:

Yes, EsqaredMom, it’s a bookstore, but oh so much more. :-)

And let me say, I am proud of your 2 year old’s
foraging skills. Soon, he or she can begin the “waiting on mom” training.

I had not thought about redbull or 5-hour energy.
I feel bad that I made my kids do it on the power of oatmeal.

Posted: Feb 20, 2008 at 2:56 pm
No. 22 EsquaredMom says:

Aww, thanks Lisa for the support. I think. Although, she really is entirely too independent and self-sufficient and clever for my own good. It sucks to be outwitted by someone over half your size.

Posted: Feb 20, 2008 at 2:58 pm
No. 23 queencrone says:

My youngest just loves that triple cheese burger from wendy’s.

My oldest daughter trys to encourage us to go to subway, because she does the weight watchers counting thing.

So when the oldest daughter is away, the mice
go to wendy’s.

Posted: Feb 20, 2008 at 2:58 pm
No. 24 saddy-pants says:

it’s okay, esquared…I work in tv and barely watch it myself. and McDonalds is the devil on so many levels, besides food- guerilla marketing. I am not perfect but I do try and fight the fight, especially where food is concerned. I even cook for the dogs. sigh. I am such a nerd.

Posted: Feb 20, 2008 at 2:59 pm
No. 25 queencrone says:

EsquaredMom, just remember, she may be half your size, but you can yell louder. :-)

Posted: Feb 20, 2008 at 2:59 pm
No. 26 Lisa(#1) says:

Support! Sorry I called your ankle biter a brat, though. I was projecting. Being completely earnest, she does sound smart. And outdoorsey - peanut butter is calorically dense while having lots of protein, perfect for survival treks. Blast, I was earnest for a second though!

Posted: Feb 20, 2008 at 3:01 pm
No. 27 saddy-pants says:

sugar- invite him in, they dont call him the king for nuthin’

Posted: Feb 20, 2008 at 3:02 pm
No. 28 queencrone says:

SM, I think that giant head is creepy too.
And somewhat menacing.

Posted: Feb 20, 2008 at 3:05 pm
No. 29 EsquaredMom says:

queencrone- that is debatable.

Lisa(#1)- She is smart. And very, very busy. And since my husband currently lives in another province, I make do with the whatever I need to keep me sane. Which includes happy meals once a week and peanut butter out of a jar if necessary.

saddy- you are a far better woman than I. I just give in because I am too damn exhausted to fight the fight anymore. I am hoping once my house sells and things are relatively back to normal, the trips to McDonald’s will be much reduced, but who knows? At least I don’t let them drink the pop.

Posted: Feb 20, 2008 at 3:06 pm
No. 30 jujubees says:

And that right there deserves a Commie??? and a, ZING???

Posted: Feb 20, 2008 at 3:07 pm
No. 31 jujubees says:

Sorry, the king comment. @ saddy-pants.

Posted: Feb 20, 2008 at 3:08 pm
No. 32 saddy-pants says:

haha…my mom used to let us drink Tab- the first diet soda. My first of many. Now I only drink pop if it has a big shot of vodka in it.

Posted: Feb 20, 2008 at 3:09 pm
No. 33 cooter is clumsy says:

Saddy-pants is my kind of woman/man whatever.

Posted: Feb 20, 2008 at 3:12 pm
No. 34 saddy-pants says:

I am all woman Coots, cant ya tell by my crankiness- er..nurturing?

Posted: Feb 20, 2008 at 3:14 pm
No. 35 jujubees says:

It’s a dead giveaway. I’m feeling some crankiness too. I think it’s the side effects of watching Gene Simmons porn.

Posted: Feb 20, 2008 at 3:16 pm
No. 36 cooter is clumsy says:

Sorry madam!

Posted: Feb 20, 2008 at 3:16 pm
No. 37 Sugar Magnolia says:

My husband took her to BK when they had that stupid bobblehed promotion a while back. While she was at school I went in her room, found it and threw it away. I told her one of the dogs chewed it up.

There are very few things that I find disturbing but his ginormous head is at the top of my list.

Posted: Feb 20, 2008 at 3:17 pm
No. 38 saddy-pants says:

ur obsessed with the King and his big head, Sugar! The dog ate it, yeah sure…come clean.

Posted: Feb 20, 2008 at 3:19 pm
No. 39 saddy-pants says:

juju- did ya watch the whole gauzy-sox porn? I need to know. His hair makes me feel like I forgot to put my contacts in, it is a fro-aura…but then I realize I can still focus on his big fug face. barf.

Posted: Feb 20, 2008 at 3:21 pm
No. 40 Sugar Magnolia says:

She & the hubby both think it hilarious that I get so freaked out about him. The only BK commercial I can watch is the one where the soccer mom’s try to run him over in the mini-van. I keep cheering for them to actually connect!

My other completely weirdo thing…. feet. Any kind of feet. I can’t even stand to watch the dog scratch w/ his hind leg. Feet are EVIL.

Posted: Feb 20, 2008 at 3:22 pm
No. 41 Lily the Pink says:

Lisa(#1): That’s how I babysit my cousin’s little tax deduction. First, we have play time wherein we make necklaces out of apple chunks covered in peanut butter and rolled in trail mix. Then we play “dress up” and put on funny costumes, and of course, our newly made necklaces, and then we play “Get Barbie” wherein I chuck a Barbie doll out the door. When she runs out to get the Barbie I lock the door behind her and hope the birds don’t get her. Well, I say hope, but what I mean is “ready the video camera.” Man, toddlers are such suckers.

Posted: Feb 20, 2008 at 3:24 pm
No. 42 saddy-pants says:

hahaha…getting to REALLY know Sug today
my feet are pretty and well maintained by regular peds
(rubs feet on SugarMag)

Posted: Feb 20, 2008 at 3:27 pm
No. 43 Sugar Magnolia says:

*shudders*

Keep those things away from me!

Posted: Feb 20, 2008 at 3:29 pm
No. 44 EsquaredMom says:

Note to self: Do not ask Lily the Pink to babysit.

I’m just pissed off glibby didn’t come back to defend her holier-than-thou parenting skills. I had another lovely long-distance discussion with hubby, so I’m just itching to go right now.

Posted: Feb 20, 2008 at 3:29 pm
No. 45 queencrone says:

Sugar, I love that comercial too.

I don’t hate feet per se, but I will KILL if someone puts their cold bare feet on me to warm themselves. I feel like they can go put on some socks.

Posted: Feb 20, 2008 at 3:33 pm
No. 46 jujubees says:

Yes, saddy-pants. I am traumatized by Gene Simmons hair. I’m trying to imagine walking in an alley and running into those two big heads. I would lose my shit.

Posted: Feb 20, 2008 at 3:41 pm
No. 47 james_boston says:

SM, you’re right to be freaked out by him. he’s creepy, especially in those commercials where he slips into people’s bedroom at night. BK thinks they’re being edgy but they’re just being creepy, like a nicolas cage or vincent gallo in one of their unwatchable “indie” movies.

Posted: Feb 20, 2008 at 3:45 pm
No. 48 Sugar Magnolia says:

I soooo love you james. Finally a man who truly understands me.

Posted: Feb 20, 2008 at 3:48 pm
No. 49 Lisa(#1) says:

Didn’t Chloe Sevigny suck the King off in that one commercial?

Posted: Feb 20, 2008 at 4:04 pm
No. 50 Sugar Magnolia says:

dammit! now I just spit all over my keyboard!

Posted: Feb 20, 2008 at 4:14 pm
No. 51 ilnazhad says:

So she starred in a television series for the majority of her career and then she refuses to allow her offspring to watch television?
PS
Dawson’s Creek does hinder growth, though. I’ve done studies. Like, the super serious kind with data and everything.

Posted: Feb 20, 2008 at 4:21 pm
No. 52 citmyway says:

Ooh, the best part of my day has been reading these comments! I was really starting to feel bad about my parenting skills when I read glibby comment…..but then I keep reading and noticed that everyone else kinda thought that was weird, so I didn’t feel so bad. EsquaredMom had me rolling in the floor laughing! Got to love that peanut butter………

Posted: Feb 20, 2008 at 4:48 pm
No. 53 EsquaredMom says:

I try, I try… and sadly, it wasn’t by far the worst parenting I’ve done, but I shall keep those stories between myself and Child Services, thank you very much.

Posted: Feb 20, 2008 at 4:57 pm
No. 54 Payter says:

citmyway - never feel bad about your parenting skills!! Not every family can be “perfect”. But what is perfect about never getting a Happy Meal or watching tv? My kids are learning how to talk in Mandarin from watching Nick Jr!! Nevermind my 4 year old cut her brother’s hair while watching it the other day… He had the best Owen Wilson hair and now it is gone… It still makes me cry. Why couldn’t she have just grabbed a spoonful of PB instead???

Posted: Feb 20, 2008 at 4:58 pm
No. 55 mae says:

SM, I find the King incredibly creepy as well.
And I know I don’t have children, so I can’t really speak, but I’ve heard too many horror stories about nasty crap being in those ball pits and fastfood playland thingys. And if and when I have kids, they’re holding off eating fast food for as long as possible. With that said, I could really go for a Spicy Chicken filet combo from Wendy’s right now. Or some Checkers. …Or I wish Michigan had Sonic/Jack in the box/In -n- out/Hardees.

Posted: Feb 20, 2008 at 5:00 pm
No. 56 mae says:

and -> at

Posted: Feb 20, 2008 at 5:00 pm
No. 57 Sugar Magnolia says:

mae, if you make that Indy trip we can meet at the Sonic in Auburn!

Posted: Feb 20, 2008 at 5:04 pm
No. 58 Payter says:

mae
I always said that too (that I wouldn’t introduce fast food for as long as I could). And with my first born I was able to hold off. She didn’t have a Happy Meal until she was probably 18 months. But by the time her brother came along, she was “addicted” and therefore he had his first fast food experience at an earlier age than she did. It is just nice once and a while to have someone else make lunch, a place for the kiddos to play (with sanitizer in hand), and for me to talk to a friend or two at the same time. It is like therapy.

Posted: Feb 20, 2008 at 5:06 pm
No. 59 queencrone says:

“What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.”

Most of my kids are grown, and doing well.
All I can say is: Play it by ear.

Posted: Feb 20, 2008 at 5:12 pm
No. 60 jujubees says:

We have all of the above except for the in and out. We do have some Steak and Shakes.

Posted: Feb 20, 2008 at 5:14 pm
No. 61 mae says:

Sweet baby Jesus, SM! There is a God and he runs a Sonic within the Great Lakes region! wahoo!

Posted: Feb 20, 2008 at 5:14 pm
No. 62 mae says:

EM, my secret to cheating at Scrabble is I always take a hand full of cubes (yes, I call them cubes) when I reach to replace the ones I used. And I put back a couple each time I reach for new ones, so I rarely get stuck with “Z”s or “X”s or equally as bad letters.

Posted: Feb 20, 2008 at 5:17 pm
No. 63 stopthemadness says:

i love the screen name “frowny mcbeard”.

that is all.

as you were.

Posted: Feb 20, 2008 at 5:51 pm
No. 64 citmyway says:

ooh mae, I’m so using that trick the next time I play Scrabble!!! Thanks Payter!!!! I pat myself on the back often for my parenting skills. For a first time mom with an 17 mth old, I think I do good most of the time. I think I’m goin to go get her a Happy Meal for supper tonight……..just for shits and giggles!

Posted: Feb 20, 2008 at 5:55 pm
No. 65 Lisa(#1) says:

Emphasis on the “shits”! Ba dum dump!

Wait, or is that just me again?

Posted: Feb 20, 2008 at 6:01 pm
No. 66 ilnazhad says:

Oh no! My beloved hags have repugnant eating habits!
No wonder they don’t give you free health care.

Posted: Feb 20, 2008 at 6:01 pm
No. 67 mae says:

No, Lisa that was a good one.
Hey, I just ate an organic salad with French lettuce. It was hard to stomach, but I managed to hold it down.

Posted: Feb 20, 2008 at 6:28 pm
No. 68 Lily the Pink says:

mae: I’m not generally competitive when playing games with others, but for some reason the combination of my best friend and Scrabble brings it out in me. He’s the same way. We’re flat out cut throat at Scrabble. It brings out the evil parts of us and we don’t know why, but we both enjoy it and consider this huge fun. As I type he’s on his way down here from DC and I am so going to use your helpful hint and completely annihilate him and have him wonder why he got stuck with all the crappy letters at the end of the game. Thank you, you evil genius. Thank you.

Posted: Feb 20, 2008 at 6:34 pm
No. 69 EsquaredMom says:

Mae, that is truly evil. And awesome!

Posted: Feb 20, 2008 at 7:07 pm
No. 70 mae says:

You’re welcome! Let me know how it turns out!

Posted: Feb 20, 2008 at 7:49 pm
No. 71 YerMom says:

I could have sworn that Suri loves American Idol, and apparently gets to stay up real late… Im a big fan of PBS myself. Pops open a beer too :). It is naptime after all…

Posted: Feb 20, 2008 at 8:13 pm
No. 72 queencrone says:

Yes, YerMom, I heard you cracking that beer. I had to fly in and say, Good Job. :-)

Posted: Feb 20, 2008 at 9:06 pm
No. 73 justme says:

I agree with the McDonalds thing. It is absolutely disgusting to feed your children that crap! I Love my daughter way to much to give her something like that. If she wants to go there when she is old enough to make her own decisions, well that is her choice but I refuse to be the cause of it. And she doesn’t even miss it. She gets better things. McDonalds and places like it are a major reason why Americans are so unhealthy! (And yes, I am american). And no I don’t live in a perfect world (as someone said before) but I love my daughter enough to give her the very best. The rest of you should too. Everyone who was saying ” oh it’s a place for my kids to play and me sit and relax”, Ever seen a Park??? Do you have ANY clue what is in that crap that your letting your son or daughter put into their mouths??? Ugh, it makes me sick.

Think about it.

Posted: Feb 21, 2008 at 12:03 am
No. 74 daiseechain says:

well, justme… I don’t feed my son McDonalds on a regular basis, but for those of us who live in a cold harsh winter climat (it was -30C for the past 2 weeks) the playplace is a godsend for kids and moms who need to get out of the house for an hour or two. When the swing set is burried under 4 feet of snow, the park is not an option.

Posted: Feb 21, 2008 at 12:55 am
No. 75 EsquaredMom says:

daiseechain- Are you Canadian, too? Exactly. Park = not possible unless I want frozen children stuck to the slide.

This is my answer to all you judgmental know-it-alls: STFU. You don’t know what’s best for my family, and I don’t know what’s best for yours. I think we have enough to deal with than being told by some holier-than-thou self-righteous assholes how to raise our children.

And yes, I’m cranky, so yes, I’m going to bed now.

Posted: Feb 21, 2008 at 1:23 am
No. 76 glenda says:

I dont get it……… the strange couple both have brown eyes w the baby having blue eyes. Just like mama’s old bf. Suri also has that boys eyes, not his supposed mama or daddy.

Posted: Feb 21, 2008 at 9:50 am
No. 77 Sugar Magnolia says:

glenda: genetics are a bitch. My parents both had dark hair, dark eyes, as do my brothers. I am the only blue eyed blonde in the clan.

That being said… Suri is L Ron Hubbard’s wee bebe.

Posted: Feb 21, 2008 at 10:37 am
No. 78 Leva Kommint says:

OK, put me in the no TV (I haven’t watched it in 20 years — who has the time??) no McDonalds camp and add to that no fucking Wiggles, either (Asylum Street Spankers, on the other hand…).

And I still nurse my toddler.

I’m no scientologist, just a heathen. Who knows, that might be worse.

Posted: Feb 21, 2008 at 10:57 am
No. 79 YerMom says:

Oh trust me honey it isn’t. I read the unauthorized Tom Cruise biography, I live in fear of scientologists. It is a good read if anyone can pry themselves from their toddlers for a few minutes.

Posted: Feb 21, 2008 at 11:56 am
No. 80 EsquaredMom says:

Well, I watch TV and allow my oldest one to watch it as well, as long as it isn’t a school day. We all eat at McDonald’s usually once a week. I nursed my first one until she was one, my second until she was 16 months. Let’s see, what else? We sing songs, colour, play with play-doh, dress-up, play house, read stories, do puzzles, and run around chasing each other. I give lots of hugs, kisses, and I-Love-You’s all day long. But I must be a bad mother because *gasp* they watch TV, eat at McDonald’s, play in the unsanitary, germ-infested play place, and occasionally get yelled at.

Posted: Feb 21, 2008 at 12:17 pm
No. 81 Lisa(#1) says:

No EM, as justme pointed out, you just don’t love your kids enough. Just like all those people who can’t afford organic veggies for their kids - it isn’t that they are poor, it is that they don’t love enough.

Anyways, I was under the impression that all the pervs go to the park to watch children, if you REALLY loved your kid, you wouldn’t take them there. (Ok, so I don’t believe that, but you can find fault with most anything.)

Posted: Feb 21, 2008 at 1:25 pm
No. 82 citmyway says:

THAT’S RIGHT EsquaredMom!!!! YOUR MY HERO! “holier-than-thou self-righteous assholes”….best part! I almost stood up and cheered…..

Posted: Feb 21, 2008 at 1:32 pm
No. 83 EsquaredMom says:

Oh, you don’t think that was a little too much?

Posted: Feb 21, 2008 at 1:57 pm
No. 84 citmyway says:

no, perfect touch to a heart warming comment……

Posted: Feb 21, 2008 at 3:56 pm
No. 85 EsquaredMom says:

citmyway is my new BFF!!1!!!!111!

Posted: Feb 22, 2008 at 1:21 am
No. 86 Justme says:

No what I think is sad is that some of you people think that McDonalds is the only place you can take your child to play. Get off of your lazy asses and do some research! Where to go, what is fun. Start/join a play group. Stop hurting your children b/c you are too stinkin lazy to do something different. Sorry but when your children grow up obese and on heart medication maybe then you will understand the importance of it. seriously.

Posted: Feb 22, 2008 at 7:39 pm
No. 87 cooter doesnt give a shit says:

^^^^Possibly the voice of experience.

Posted: Feb 24, 2008 at 8:45 am
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