Forbid all TV, thus depriving your kids of their popular culture. Now they can feel totally left out when their schoolyard pals talk about Hannah Montana and Sponge-Bob.
If they MUST watch cartoons, only permit milquetoast morality plays like Arthur, Caillou and The Berenstain Bears. It’s important to teach kids that entertainment always comes with a price: you can’t just be amused for amusements’ sakes; you also need to LEARN something.
No junk food in the house…EVER! Not even as a treat. Only serve carrot sticks, raisins and hummus. And God Forbid should any child come within 50 yards of a Trans-Fat molecule. They could DIE.
Never mind that WE were raised with Barbie dolls and toy guns, and WE turned out okay… No, these toys are EVIL! EVIL! EVIL! and should NEVER be given as gifts. They perpetuate sexist and violent stereotypes and are causing the downfall of Civilization as We Know It. (Did you know that Barbie Dolls alone are responsible for the Iraq War, Global Warming and Sara Palin’s hair-do?)
Keep breast-feeding your babies, even when they’re old enough to play computer games and order their own Happy Meal. (Rest assured, their playmates would NEVER tease them over that…Goodness, NO!)
No witch costumes for Halloween. It’s an affront to all the innocent women who were persecuted and burned at the stake 400 years ago. No death-related costumes like vampires or ghosts either. Instead, let’s encourage the children to Treat-or-Treat wearing UniSex earth-toned jumpsuits made of organic fiber.
And don’t give out candy either…give out carbon-credits instead.
Eliminate all those awesome retro jungle gyms and replace them with retard-proof plastic play forts where there isn’t the remotest chance of getting hurt.
Keep the kids restrained and buckled in those special car seats until they’re old enough to drive.
If a box of Lucky Charms somehow makes its way into the house, remove half the marshmallows, and righteously preach that there’s already ENOUGH sugar.
Give the kids arts-and-craft projects with Bristol Board and construction paper, while providing them with lame-ass safety scissors that can’t even cut warm butter.
Fairy Tales are EVIL EVIL EVIL, and should never be read as bedtime stories. They only serve to teach children that ugly people are evil, and that women are helpless creatures who need a Handsome Prince to rescue them. Read Caillou, or a Urinestain Bear Book instead. (Now, wouldn’t THAT be more fun?)
When decorating the Christmas Tree, make sure they wear glasses and bike helmets, and wear certified fall-arrest safety harnesses.
If a child is delightedly popping bubble wrap, tell them to “Stop it…I need to save that for later!“.
There isn’t a kid on the whole planet that doesn’t love squishy white Wonder Bread. So naturally, it’s your duty to BAN IT from the household at all costs. Only serve Dempsters Ultra Colon-Blow Fibre-Bread, made with 28 kinds of grain, including chunks of actual hay, topsoil, and un-shelled sunflower seeds.
While you’re at it, make sandwiches using only natural peanut butter (peanuts only). Sure, it tastes like oily nut-shit, but at least it doesn’t have that nasty SUGAR in it…not like those tasty store-bought brands that everyone likes.
Don’t ever allow your kids to just loaf around, and do nothing. Teach them to be workaholics like Mummy and Daddy. Make sure EVERY HOUR of their day is scheduled with organized activities.
Convince your five-year old that he WANTS to take karate class, swimming, yoga, bag-pipe lessons and Junior Origami. (And that’s just for Monday night…).
Someone, somewhere…will pretty much be allergic to ANY kind of food. So ban ALL snacks and foods at school recess and lunch. Only permit triple-distilled de-ionized water, and Nabisco Gluten-Free Cracker-Like Edible Wafer-Discs.
Prohibit any games with any hint of aggression, like Dodge Ball or British Bull-Dog. It’s important to stifle little boys’ rough-and-tumble antics. Try to emasculate them by encouraging them to play dancing games wearing beanbags on their head. Medicate them as necessary.
Remove any sense of competition, as we don’t want our little darlings to feel stressed out. Have them only play games where “Everybody Wins”. It’s important to learn that we must all abide by the lowest common denominator.
Replace all wooden playground swings with those heinous pelvis-crushing rubber straps, and shorten the chains from 20 feet to 5 feet. This way, nobody will ever know the joys of touching their toes to the sky and jumping off into space and feeling weightless.
Show your children that Mommy and Daddy care. Buy them humiliating “Time-Out” accessories.
Drag your toddler to a protest march. Because there’s NOTHING a three-year old likes better than to hold a sign they cant’ read and stand outside for hours with screaming grown-ups.
Bodily functions, or any mention thereof, are highly discouraged. We just don’t DO THAT HERE.
Playground Merry-go-rounds?…Tree-forts?…Homemade Go-Karts?…Slingshots?…Water rockets?…Potato guns?…Army men?…Cap Guns?…Setting fires with Magnifying Glasses?…Fire crackers….?
….DON’T EVEN GO THERE!
PS: One more thing:
Hold a candle-light vigil to protest this blog post. ;-)