I love to practice my negotiating skills and use every opportunity that comes my way. Being on the "no call list" I rarely get a telemarketer calls- only the people quickly stating- "Don't worry! I am not trying to sell you anything. I work for a charitable organization...."
One I received tonight was about the lack of family movies being produced in Hollywood. Hooray- I got a live one!
Him :Are you the mother or grandmother of a child under the age of 16?
Him: Many people today are concerned about the images our children are seeing on television and movies.
Me: I carefully monitor what my children watch. I believe that is a parent's job.
Him: Yes. Wouldn't it be nice if Hollywood was more concerned about your family and produced quality films for families?
Me: I believe in a free market.
Him: Um, I am looking for a certain group of people, thank you very much for your time.
Ah, man! That's no fun......
In all seriousness, we took the kids to see Curious George this weekend. I did not expect to enjoy the movie, but it was cute and thoughtful. And when my children do come across images or ideas that I do not approve of, instead of getting pissed off at the world for doing this to my child, I use it as a learning tool and another opportunity to reinforce and discuss our family's values.
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