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The Media Is Making Me Crazy

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Guest blogger Jessica Katz: I was never, ever a neurotic person, aside from the general neurosis every Jew has. In fact, most people would call me very laid back. Yes, I let my daughter eat things off the floor -- even dog hair. I rarely worry about germs or handwashing. I gave my daughter sugar earlier than anyone I know, and our house is minimally baby-proofed. I never feared flying until I got pregnant (because I knew that if the plane went down, my daughter would get hurt).But, like anyone with a small child who rarely gets to go out, I watch my fair share of TV after my daughter goes to bed. And suddenly, everything terrifies me.

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I watched "16 and Pregnant." I don't want my daughter to be 16 and pregnant. How do you prevent that? You can't force your child not to have a baby. You can't watch them 24/7 -- although I plan to keep the video monitor over her bed until she goes to college.

I watched "Cocaine Nation" on the Discovery Channel, and was terrified that she would try cocaine and her heart would stop.

On "Dateline," a college student got a flat tire and pulled over on the freeway for help. She was kidnapped, raped and killed. I never want my daughter to be driving alone. How do I make sure she never has a flat tire?

Last night, I saw the new film "127 Hours," and decided I didn't ever want her hiking -- and that if she did, she needed a buddy and a surgical saw.

My husband has banned me from watching television. He is afraid that I am becoming crazy neurotic and will hinder our daughter from adventure. He keeps telling me, "Don't turn into one of those neurotic moms."

I was never this person. But suddenly, everything about this world scares me.


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29 comments so far | Post a comment now
Steph November 30, 2010, 4:31 AM

It’s so hard with 24/7 news channels screaming to us about everything horrible that’s happened, especially to children. I’m a huge news junkie and I’ve had to make a conscious decision to limit the amount of time I watch or listen to the news.

I also follow http://freerangekids.wordpress.com/
which reminds parents that we can’t control *everything*.

Prestiti Inpdap November 30, 2010, 8:59 AM

I’m like watch the tv but not watch all, i like movies and cabaret because i think that watch only news make me very boried all the day.

Jade lions November 30, 2010, 9:01 AM

Very Interesting article, i like to watch all kind of tv especially movies :)
prestiti inpdap

kaye November 30, 2010, 12:44 PM

OMG, this is is me to a T. I tell myself I need to limit what I watch, but I cant help it. Yet, the more I watch, the more terrified of the world I am for my children’s sake.

Kristen December 1, 2010, 4:32 AM

We made the decision to actually get rid of cable and this was one of the reasons. It was the best decision we have ever made.

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