“Parental Guidance” opened yesterday and there may be a little too much fact to this work of fiction.
“Parental Guidance” stars Billy Crystal and Bette Midler, as well as Marissa Tomei and Tom Everett Scott. Artie Decker (Billy Crystal) just lost his job as a sports announcer for local baseball team but still dreams of making it to the big leagues. His wife Diane (Better Midler) is retired from her weather woman job and hoping for the family to finally have time together. A call from help from their daughter Alice (Marissa Tomei) may get them both what they want.
With unresolved issues from her childhood, Alice decides not to take her working/vacation with husband Phil (Tom Everett Scott) and may find out a great deal about her relationships with her parents and her children.
A few Houston area moms were willing to share their thoughts about the differences in old school (tough love) verses type A helicopter (new school) parenting. Here is what they had to say.
“Parents used to be parents. They were authority figures, respected, feared, and looked up to by their children. Today, parents want to be their kids’ friends and are afraid of saying no and being “mean”. You see how these kids are turning out these days….” Traci B.
“We were taught to respect authority. We were taught that things are earned; we should not just expect things to be given to us.” Amy T.
“I tell my kids I am proud of them a LOT. I also really try my best to pick my battles. I feel like I wasn’t told my parents were proud of me much and that they kind of picked EVERY battle. They were good parents. I turned into a good person and I know that a lot of that was due to them being very diligent and very strict. It’s just not what we are doing with our own children.: Heather S.
“Breastfeeding. Ugh. My Mom was of the formula generation and she made such a fuss about the breastfeeding. AND she gave my lactose intolerant babies MILK. I think the milk corporation brainwashed her the same way they do in the schools. blah.” Rachel H.
“Vaccines and medicine, we don’t use them “enough.” Brenda R.
“Technology and ‘punishment.’ Technology is obvious – it will always be changing, but with punishment – we were paddled by any teacher, and it was not a big deal. You would hear kids getting “popped” in the hallway all the time and it was no big deal. And this was even in high school! Think of the backlash that would happen if kids were paddled now!” Anne B.
“I think one of the biggest differences is how much access kids have to technology. When I was a kid, the first PCs were just coming out, but now, most kids have 2-3 or more, different kinds of devices. It is a struggle at times, to get them to actually focus on the real world and things like cleaning their room or interacting with other people, instead of playing games, or texting each other.” Amy C.
Get even more comments about the differences in parenting styles from moms around the U.S. What do you think about the differences in parenting styles? We would love to hear from you in our comments.
Read reviews on “Parental Guidance” and then decide. Is it on your holiday viewing list?