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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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