Hannah Ettinger, writing for Cracked, offers “5 Insane Lessons from My Christian Fundamentalist Childhood.” While a lot of it may be familiar to readers, this one caught me by surprise, until I realized how much sense it made:
When we first got a computer, the whole family shared one email address (with the exception of my dad’s work email account). This was for the sake of “accountability.” No one — including my mom — could be trusted with a private online life, because the potential for “temptation” was too great. Then, when I was 16, I was working on a “Christian worldview” magazine with some other homeschoolers, and the team gave me my own email address. When my dad found out, you’d better believe he wanted the password. He had the password to my old Xanga, which was still cool then. And when I went to college and got a Facebook account, he naturally signed up for one too. After all, there are boys on the Internet! Some of those boys might not even be interested in pumping a girl full of nonstop babies. Got to pre-emptively weed those suckers right out of the feed.
To keep your kids inside of a bubble like that is just awful parenting. The moment the kids break free from it, they’re far more likely to go wild in unhealthy ways. There’s no trust between parent and child because there’s never any opportunity to build any.
Read the full list. It doesn’t get any better.