7 Reasons Why My Kids Think I'm a Mean Dad

If you listen to my kids, you’d think I was the meanest dad on the planet. According to them, I deprive them of all of the fun things that their friends get to do. However, I’m just trying to protect them, teach them important values, and raise them to be productive adults.

Of course, they don’t see it that way. They just think I’m a mean dad and here are 7 reasons why.

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    Click through to see why my kids think I'm a mean dad.

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  • They have to do chores 2 of 8

    My kids have been doing chores since they were five years old. Each child gets a job that appropriate for his or her age level. By doing chores, my kids learn the importance of work and they learn some valuable life skills in the process. Of course, they don't see the value in doing chores. They'd rather be playing video games.

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  • They can only play video games on the weekend 3 of 8
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    If I'd let them, my kids would play video games non-stop. But I have a more practical reason more limiting game time to the weekends. They simply don't have time to play during the week. Our weekdays are filled with homework, sports, school and church activities. We try to squeeze in a little family time too. But it doesn't stop the kids from staring longingly at their XBox, Wii, DS, iPods, and iPads.

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  • They cannot join social networks until they’re 13 4 of 8

    My 12-year old daughter begs me to let her have an Instagram account almost every day.

    "All of my friends have accounts," she says.

    "That may be true," I reply. "But my answer will remain the same until you turn 13." There will be plenty of time for social networks. For the time being, she'll have to make due with texting her friends. Besides, I want to make sure her privacy is protected per the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act.

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  • They have a strict bedtime even on weekends 5 of 8

    My kids like to wake up early in the morning. To make sure they get adequate sleep, I had to impose a strict 8:30pm bedtime for my 6 and 10 year olds and a 9pm bedtime for my 12-year old. They often lobby for a later bedtime, but I don't cave in. They need their rest and my wife and I need some quiet time at night.

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  • They cannot attend sleepovers 6 of 8
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    It seems as if someone at my daughter's school is having a sleep over every weekend. I'm simply not comfortable with my kids' spending the night at a stranger's house. I'd have to know the parents very well in order for me to consider allowing my kids to attend a sleep over. I'm especially cautious because my daughter has a seafood allergy.

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  • They don’t have TVs in their rooms 7 of 8

    I had a TV in my room when I was a kid and I watched many shows that were inappropriate (remember The Benny Hill Show?) and I didn't even have cable. My kids have access to hundreds of channels and I don't want them accessing them 24/7. The TVs in the living room and game room will suffice.

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  • Their music is censored 8 of 8

    One day after school, my 10-year old son asked me if he could download a Lil Wayne album. 

    "Absolutely not," I said.

    "But all of my friends listen to it," he said. I went on to explain why I felt Lil Wayne's lyrics were inappropriate for someone his age. Instead, we searched for some music that sounded similar, but wasn't vulgar or offensive.

    In addition to monitoring the music, I also search for and read the lyrics of the songs my kids listen to. I often have to ban songs because of their lyrical content. I know that they have access to the music at school and other public places, but I want them to know where I stand on their musical choices.

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