Takes a village to raise a child

The other day I had a talk with a coworker about different cultures. He is from Iraq but recently moved to America for better job opportunities. We began to compare countries and I asked him would he live in America forever. His response was no. He agreed that America is truly the land of the free and we have way more opportunities than most but one thing America did lack was boundaries. His argument for not wanting to live in America for very long was the fact that he has daughters. “As I watch these children grow so fast I am terrified for my daughter. I do not want her to be exposed to situations and relationships too early. Her time for maturity will come but when she is ready”. He pointed out our movie theaters for example. “In my country sex scenes and kissing is not allowing. We do not expose our children too early because they will begin to wonder. It was not until after college that I began to look at my women peers as more than friends. We were not taught to think of them as anything else so soon”. After our conversation I began to think about how much America entertainment affects us daily. Was he right? Is it wrong for movie theaters to display scenes on adults kissing even if the movie is PG13 ? Should sexual activity on any level be banned from movies? One day I was attending a Wednesday bible study at Joel Osteen’s church. There was a guest speaker, I can not remember his name. Anyway, he was introduced on the stage by his wife and and she handed over the mic they swamped a mouth to mouth kiss. I was taken aback because I was not use to such behavior. Children attend these churches. They know what kissing is but only because of whats been exposed to them.

It may be too late to say this now because we live in a age where 12 year old’s are conceiving but I believe the entertainment industry should do a better job of educating children. It takes a village to raise a child. Therefore, that village needs to be on the same agenda teaching the same lessons. Children see everything and will mock what they’ve learned. We have more of an influence than we’d like to believe. To those people who don’t allow their children to watch TV or very little, good for you. To the rest of you breeders do better !

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my name is Tripoli. pronounced TRIP-AH-LEE. Growing up my mother always told me I could be whatever I wanted to be. I believed her, I still do.

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