It’s Bad Habits week here at the Deb Ball and I was going to take the obvious road and write this post about my bad habits. That said, I don’t really have a lot of them; I gave up smoking over 13 years ago and mostly have the eating healthy thing under control and really don’t drink much, but I do have a few writer bad habits that I could talk about. But then, I went to Google to find the album cover at left, because whenever I think of the phrase “Bad Habits” I inevitably get the song by The Monks stuck in my head. But then I had a good look at the cover and was taken back to my childhood, because yes, I owned that album as a tween* and looking back, I freaking loved it. A lot.
If you check out their tunes, you’ll see why—they’re very catchy and kind of fun in a very UN-pc and nostalgic way.
Anyway, moving on, because the purpose of this post is to both entertain AND enlighten you. Although I listened to this album over and over and knew (and still know) every single word of each song (and also the ones on the Rocky Horror Picture Show Soundtrack, if we’re talking about childhood favs here) as a tween, I didn’t go on to become a drug addict, a criminal, a sweet transvestite, or even a slutty nun with a 2-pack a day habit**. Listening to music with ‘adult themes’ didn’t ruin me.
And much the same can be said for the books I’ve read. I know I’ve talked about banned books before, but it bears repeating. Reading books about the scary and ugly things that can happen in our world, kids who drink, take drugs or do other things that we wish our kids wouldn’t do, isn’t going to make them do those things. If anything, those books will help kids address these issues and use their brains to figure out how they might/should react when faced with these kinds of situations, hopefully before they are faced with them. And what a great way to educate kids about stuff that might be hard to bring up. Reading books about tough topics together and talking about what happens to characters and why they make the choices they do may spare your kids from developing bad habits. What a concept, huh?
As most of you know, I’m not a parent, and it’s certainly not my place to tell people how to raise their kids, but I can tell you that my parents didn’t censor my reading (or listening) choices and I still managed to become a decent contributor to society.
Taste in music notwithstanding.
*Uh, Mother, I’m not sure how this album got into my possession in the early 80s, but feel free to blame my older brothers and their influence over me and my early taste in music.
**Like I said, I quit smoking a long time ago and it was actually a high school friend who got me started, not Sister Easy shown here, no matter how cool she looks on this album cover. I also didn’t start wearing pantyhose because of her, either.