Thursday, September 9, 2010

Do I Really Need a Nanny?

Technically, and practically, Yes, yes, I do. 

And I found one that would give me a two week trial period for FREE!!

(wouldn't it be awesome if that were really true?)  I don't have a real free Nanny.  Just one for my computer.

I downloaded a free trial for Net Nanny after a very informative combined Relief Society/Priesthood lesson about protecting our children from the dangers for pornography.  One thing the bishop said that struck a chord with me was that it's not IF our children will be exposed to porn, it's WHEN. 

Is it just me or is that prospect completely terrifying?

 I feel like I already have my hands full with my one and only boy who apparently was born naughty, despite all of my attempts at decent mothering.  I got a call from his teacher this week.  He must've have been REALLY naughty for me to get a call.  I'm mortified.

 You know what he did?  Where do I begin?  He made fart noises in class (this I can only attribute to the example of the boy's father), he talked into some voice machine that makes a light turn on  (I'm not sure about this one except that I was told doing that is against the rules), he threw his milk carton in the lunch room, and he spit on a girl.  ALL IN THE SAME DAY.

This, in addition, to him getting in a fight last week at recess and giving some kid a bloody nose.  T says the other kid was picking on him, and he was fighting back, but still. 
Am I that horrible of a mother?  My kid is the naughtiest kid in his class.  What do I do with that?
Well, so far, he's grounded for life--from friends, TV, and all things fun, he's also grounded from school lunch.  He has to bring lunch from home, and he doesn't get to drink milk til he figures out what he's supposed to do with his garbage.  I've decided he needs every millisecond of his day scheduled out for him so he doesn't have a chance to think about being naughty.

Anyway, I digress.  So, I downloaded Net nanny for our internet to help protect my already naughty children from far worse than fights at recess and throwing their garbage on the floor.   I don't need them to have garbage in their heads, too.

Net Nanny is a program that blocks access to certain websites, including pornographic ones.  I can set the settings for each individual in the family.  I put my kids on the highest one, and mine on the lowest.  Here's the thing.  It also blocks websites it deems to be inappropriate.  For instance, B's kindergarten teacher passed away this week.  I tried to go to Deseret news to view her obituary.  It was blocked.  Apparently news sites are blocked.  So is facebook.  All social media sites are blocked.  I have to disable it to log in.  And your blogs?
Well, I tried to visit a few of you today, (Kristina and Annie ) and was blocked for the site containing mature content.  I'm sure it has nothing to do with talking about being topless under a snuggie, or nursing, or anything like that.

Yep.  So, if you don't see me around much anymore in blogland, maybe that's why.

Or maybe it's because I have 20 piano students, and a messy house, and three naughty children, and I'm still trying figure out how to manage it all.


Kristina P. said...

I was thrilled the day that I was blocked at work for Inappropriate Content.

Braden said...

I just sent an email to a parent complaining about their naughty child! Sorry, that is a stressful place to be. School is hard for boys. It's created to be about as opposite their natures as it is possible to be. It's a real problem. That doesn't absolve them of personal responsibility, but it makes it hard.

DeNae said...

Oh, the naughties. Every family has one, bless their naughty little hearts. And Braden is right; not everyone is cut out for the school thing. Me, for example. I'd shoot myself if I thought I had to live like the average 3rd grader. I don't enjoy being micromanaged. And when "how well you stand in a line" is the high water mark for social acceptability, well, that's just sad.

BTW, I had a real Nanny in Seattle, and she was nuts. We're talking "hand that rocks the cradle" nuts. I think I'd prefer the internet variety.

Missy said...

I can feel your pain with the naughty child. Layla could be the poster child for Naughty Children and I do not see a change in sight. We will make it!
I am really surprised I was not blocked!

Garden of Egan said...

Aww Sheri, it will get better. Maybe your little guy is bored at school.
Sounds like you have a full plate! Eek. Makes me tired to think about it.
I wish I lived in Utah and I'd beg to be another piano student.
DeNae already turned me down.....she thinks I'd be impossible to teach on account of I'm older than dirt.

Lady of Perpetual Chaos said...

Just think...someday your naughty child will have a naughty child of his own and you can laugh and laugh and laugh.

By the way, I have had a heck of a time finding your blog. Hopefully I'll be able to find it again...

Dede said...

Wow, that is REALLY scary...Thank you for posting this, since I'm now thinking I need to get something put up. Although I really love my blog stuff....:-)

annie valentine said...

Maybe if I didn't mention boobs so much it would let you back in. Mine are huge right now, by the way, and I'm avoiding all sharp corners.

I love this post, it's so good to hear that other kids are naughty too. You're a good mom.

Mikki said...

Naughty little boys. Where or what would the world be like without them? I think my Jason is going to be a naughty little boy. He's SO into everything. Good luck Sher!

Erin said...

I have 10 piano students and three kids and I feel like I am out of control and don't know what to do. I'm going to have to practically erase my Google Reader to actually be able to stay caught up anymore! Good luck to you.