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Re: throw away society

Bonnie, I'm not worried about what he's being exposed to - in my mind, the 
more the better.  Our three boys were exposed to all sorts of highbrow culture.  
My DH's background is highly academic and intellectual - and mine ain't bad, 
either.  I used to read Mallory's King Arthur to the boys in Old English, and 
they loved it.  However, all three of them grew up to be "techies" of some 
sort, and my husband still can't figure out how it happened.  (I was a math major 
in college, and had a far more "earthy" background than his.)
  I would never ever interfere in what they are doing with the child - it's 
their child, not mine.  I resented interference from my m-i-l - and, boy did I 
get a lot of it.  I'm not too happy about things that have happened in the 
lives of some of my other grandkids, or the way some of them are turning out, but 
I stay strictly out.   I just feel that this baby is being made too 
"precious" and that his mother may be expecting too much of him.  As a child I was made 
to feel that I didn't live up to what my mother had been (my mother died when 
I was five months old, and her parents brought me up.)  I became a very 
independent person, and raised my sons to be individuals.  They haven't always 
turned out the way I expected, but they are all very much independent individuals. 
Thanks for your concern.        Auralie

In a message dated 11/21/2003 7:12:53 PM Eastern Standard Time, 
wmorgan972@ameritech.net writes:

> Relax, Auralie.  Children have a way of loosening the tightest parents. The
> number of things he's exposed to won't hurt him and it may help him find
> something he really loves to focus on in the onslaught of variety.  In my
> experience, children never love the music their parents do, though the
> exposure doesn't hurt them.  However, the rejection of mom &dad's music is
> bound to irritate the parents!  LOL!!!  I loved soft rock.  Mom and dad were
> into country and big band music.  My kids were into folk and (of course)
> country.  The grandboy, God love him, likes my soft rock much to the chagrin
> of his mother.  
> What can I say?  Kids will be kids!  (I was pretty idealistic and uptight
> about how Bill and I would raise our girls, too.  We did teach them to read
> early, only for them to be really bored when they went to school.  We took
> them (while they were in grade school) to the theatre (The King and I with
> Yule Brenner) and Shakespeare in the park (Comedies only) to the ballet and
> hiking, etc.  Now they have figured out what they like and since they are no
> longer teens, admit they like ballet, the theatre and Shakespeare.  The
> music?  Well, it's a nit.  Now I'm just working on making them gardeners!
> LOL!!!!  

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