Tuesday, May 29, 2012

How do you deal with people forcing their opinions on you?  I know I am pretty opinionated.  I have been known to make my viewpoint heard but I have not gone as far as forced it on you.  At least I don't think I have. 

We live in a day and age where the government and liberal minded thinking has stepped in to our personal lives and has tried its best to dictate how you and I live. Personally, you can have your opinion about what is "safe" or not but don't force me to think like you and live in your paranoid world.  Oooo...I am starting to get my dander up.....breathe....ok. So, we have met our neighbors just a few doors done and their boys and mine are getting to know each other and like hanging out.  The other day both boys came home with bike helmets.  They were told that they "needed" them.  To be honest I don't know what the law is here on bike helmets.  I have purposely not looked it up.  From what I understand it is a suggestion not a law, but our neighbors feel that we are putting our children in danger and are doing their best to protect my kids. Bryce made a statement as he was walking out the door that I am pretty sure came straight from their house, "Kids with helmets don't end up in hospitals."  I think I can prove that statement wrong.  My communication to Bryce was if you like the helmet and want to wear it, then do. I, however, am not forcing it on my children.   I have a feeling we won't be best of friends with our neighbors, but will be able to be social to one another. 


  1. I totally hear you. I'm just surprised it took this long for someone to get in your business about it. When we moved here to Seattle, we had 3 different people (including strangers literally stopping their cars to call out the window) tell my kids to "go home and get your helmets on right now!"

    I'm VERY sick of this entire culture at the moment. That same inclination to get into everyone else's business leads to widespread pride and arrogance. It's annoying at best and mean and hurtful at worst.

  2. Oh, I meant to include that the people who got after my kids did that on DAY ONE of us living here.

  3. I am a hoosier at heart where there is a no helmet law even for motorcycles. Since living here I have heard of absurb-in-your-business "laws" like it is illegal for your child to sit in the car while you run in to get something or it is illegal for you to leave your child at home without a parent, those are two that I have chosen to ignore. When I, the parent, know my children and know when I can trust them to be on their own for a short time I will allow that. The government does not know my child at all and can't make that decision. I see kids in town with helmets and without. I am not going to stress about it.