What Do Your Kids Do When You’re Not Looking?

We try to teach our kids to make good choices (even when we’re not around). We teach them the “family rules” — whatever those may be for our particular family.

Are we getting through? Some days, we wonder. And we know that our kids know that they won’t always be found out if they don’t follow the rules. (Got any doubts on that one? Remember when YOU were a teenager?)

That’s what makes this story even more heartwarming. Joy Bat’s daughter is now grown, but this Lake Forest, California mom still beamed when she shared this with me:

“Shawny was not yet 13 when the movie ‘Titanic’ came out,” says Bat. “Her dad and I had asked that she not see the movie, since it was full of sexual content and was rated PG-13.” There was a girl’s sleepover with her church youth group, and Bat was assured there would be no PG-13 movies shown.

“But Shawny called me from the home of the sleepover and said they were about to watch ‘Titanic,’ and she wanted me to talk to the mom,” says Bat. “Shawny had spoken up and requested that she be allowed to do another activity in a separate room while the movie played! She really wanted to see the movie, but she had taken the high road and been assertive. The girls ended up choosing another movie, and I was so proud of my daughter.”

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One Response to “What Do Your Kids Do When You’re Not Looking?”

  1. Ellen Rowan (zaellen) says:

    I love this story. I had a similar experience with my now 10 year old daughter when she was 8. My neighbor called me asking if it was ok for her to watch 13 Going on 30 after my daughter had informed her she wasn’t allowed to watch pg-13. My neighbor was actually annoyed when I said no and praised my girl. I promptly told neighbor that if it was a problem, she could send her home. So proud of my girl!