Husband and I saw The Martian on respective plane flights and loved it of course – kudos to you if you are sticking it to the man by holding out on that movie – and thought it would be perfect to share with 9yo (who, incidentally, had a big boy sleepover for his birthday rather than a full-blown party) if not all three boys. But when we went to buy it, it was sold out. I ended up ordering it online and we knew it had a few swears in it but they’ve seen The Goonies (5yo’s fave line is from Chunk “oh shit, what?”) and Back To The Future 1 and 3, so they’ve heard plenty of shits and frankly, they’ve heard the f bomb on numerous occasions – contextually, I might add – or msybe even their whole lives. And recently, even Husband has dropped a few GDs so, it’s all good. But a friend expressed his concern because he said there were lots of f bombs, so now we are watching it to see how many. We are almost an hour in and there have been about 4 shits and 2 fucks and I know “fuck you, Mars” is coming up. But again, all contextual. And honestly, Husband and I are of the opinion that contextual swears are a foregone conclusion, but when paired with science? It’s a no brainer. Gratuitous violence, on the other hand? Yeah, nah. Star Wars rocks but it’s pretty damn violent and it was too much for 9yo who is sensitive to that stuff, but everyone else’s kids have seen them all and think nothing of it. Of course, everyone does what’s right for their family and everyone else can fuck off, but we’ll take the swears over the violence any old day. And if watching The Martian gives them the inkling to be astronaughts, then they can be dropping f bombs all over the GD place as far as I’m concerned. I’ll have my fingers crossed for 9yo throwing out the obvious quote during his next dissection in class.
Currently reading “A Man Called Ove” and he’s a cantankerous old prick who knows how to do everything except be nice to people. At least, that’s what I’ve read so far, and he always grumbles about what yhe world is coming to because of what people can’t do. I am going to be Ove when I’m old, older – complaining about everyone and everything but hopefully still able to do my own stuff. I also want my boys to be able to do their own stuff, so that’s partly why I let them do their own stuff now, including getting up to and into shenanigans, also partly because I’m lazy but it’s helpful that I’m not helicoptering…
Things that my kids can do include but are not limited to:
* hammering – still working on the drilling
* limited lawn mowing
* problem-solving behaviours
* problem-creating behaviours
* hardening each other up for the real world, read – fighting
* get radical air on their bikes sans training wheels
* limited contextual use of swears
Okay, they don’t appear too useful on paper, but I’m proud that they can do shit as well as forage without parental supervision. I suppose the next step will be to start them on electrical apprenticeships before they burn the house down or singe all the hair from their bodies with socket experiments. In that vein, Husband and I feel like it’s pretty safe for them (specifically nearly 9yo) to watch The Martian so they can start sciencing the shit out of things a bit more. And if they can grow their own potatoes afterwards, it’s one more thing I can add to the list.