I too used the rating system for both movies and video games. It helped avoid a lot of arguements by saying “what is it rated?” That’s why it’s there!
I used to be very anal retentive, religious, moral police man with my kids, but that did very little good once they were old enough to watch things at a friends house or big brother/sister could take them to a movie or rent a video game. They are going to sneak into things just like you and I did. And survived.
Kids have a funny way of making sure your job as a parent is pretty much over by the age of 9. Younger than 9, they’ll listen to you and you have your prime opportunity to teach them what you believe. After that, they are going to do exactly as they please whether you like it or not. Funny thing is, they are usually pretty trustworthy. What you taught them did sink in and they know how you feel. But they still have to scratch the itch and see for themselves. After a while, they get over themselves and come back to what you taught them.
Trust your kid. And be there when they feel a little beat up. Don’t do the “I told you so’s.” Just comfort, love, give them back their strength. And let them go back out to test the waters again.
Your job as a parent is to work yourself out of a job.
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