You Let Your Kids Do WHAT?
20/20 featured a shocking episode this past Friday called “You Let Your Kids Do WHAT?” This show includes a Las Vegas Billionaire who bribes her teenage daughter to bring home straight A’s with trips to Morocco and $20,000 shopping sprees. A couple that is raising their sons on a Florida nudist colony. And a couple who bought their 7-year-old son a $50,000 monster truck that he rides as the youngest participant on the hyper-dangerous monster truck circuit.
The weird thing is that when these parents discuss their problematic parenting decisions they almost sound reasonable. The Las Vegas billionaire says that her daughter is very well-behaved and is an excellent student, so what’s the problem with using a wildly expensive carrot if it brings in such great results? The nudist parents say that they are instilling positive values, and insist, “As far as body image, the kids are seeing all different kinds of people, and they’re seeing that people can be different. There is less judgment.” The monster-truck purchasing parents insist, “Not to say that there’s not going to be some [dangerous] incident at some time, but there are incidents in sports all the time…It’s more likely that he’s going to hurt himself on a little scooter than on this [truck] any day.”
So what was I thinking when I watched the interviews with these well-intentioned parents who are making such profoundly irresponsible parenting decisions?
I was reminded of what my husband always responds when I inform him about some new crazy trend or phenomenon in the world. He always says, “WWW,” which is Weisberg shorthand for “World Without Wisdom.”
I’ll be the first to admit that we observant JewishMOMs aren’t perfect. We make a lot of mistakes, just like all parents do all over the world. But what keeps us on track is that we, unlike most people today, have access to WISDOM, an approach to life that has proven successful over the course of thousands of years. And it is this momentum of rabbinic wisdom and tradition and time-proven common sense that keeps us on track no matter what crazy new ideas pop into our heads from time to time…
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