I am a 19-year old college student. I am writing a college research paper on how quickly children are being exposed to very adult concepts. I felt as though a website with real mothers would give me the most insight for my essay. I have not given birth to any children nor have I adopted any.
That being said, I help my mother-in-law take care of three children, ages 8, 12, and 13 (my husband and I are more or less responsible for raising them, she just does the financial part and we do the rest). I have noticed that they all know an awful lot about boyfriends, girlfriends, drugs, alcohol, and sex. I've also noticed that the eight year old wears some of the least appropriate clothes I've ever seen... low cut tops, reallllly short shorts, tight jeans that expose a lot, shirts that come half way down her stomach... I feel the things that they have been exposed to are incredibly inappropriate, especially with as young as they are. Music does little to help this, with songs like "S&M" by Rihanna and "Last Friday Night" by Katy Perry (lyrics include the chorus: "Cause I may be bad but I'm perfectly good at it. Sex in the air I don't care I love the smell of it. Sticks and stones may break my bones by chains and whips excite me" as well as "There's a stranger in my bed, there's a pounding in my head. Glitter all over the room, pink flamingos in the pool. I smell like a minibar. DJ's passed out in the yard.") These songs are not only played constantly on the radio, but the radio station is played by the bus driver who drives children from kindergarten to eighth grade home from school. It's hard to monitor what they take in with everything around them being so sexual and inappropriate.
Whatever happened to little girls playing with dolls and little boys playing with army men? Children shouldn't be interested in relationships or dressing "sexy". Does anyone else notice things like this or am I alone here?