June 5th, 2012 by

Things NOT to Read/Do While Raising Kids

I have no idea why my tastes in movies, books and television tend towards the morbid/morose/murderous.  I remember reading an Ann Rule true crime murder book while pregnant with one of the kids and my mom told me that I had to knock it off because didn’t I know that the fetus could absorb that kind of negativity??

Recently I finished reading this book:


It was about neglected children, negative adult environments and bullying gone too far.  So gripping but so sad and haunting.

Afterwards I read a slightly less disturbing book, but I finished that and lately I’ve been reading this:


This one is about a district attorney whose 14-year old son stands accused of brutally murdering a classmate.  It’s a real page-turner, but a slightly hard to read if you yourself have an almost 14-year old son.

As you can see, I’ve been on a real roll.

Last night I was in a terrible mood and feeling kind of bummed out.  Most people would have probably rented a happy, sappy movie.  Not me!  I rented this little gem that I think was on limited theater release.  This movie haunted me.  HAUNT-ED.  And no one makes things more haunting or depressive or uncomfortable than the unnerving Tilda Swinton and her creepy marble-like eyes and bird-like features.  Don’t get me wrong, it was a good movie – but maybe too good given the disturbing content.

I’m now convinced that I have been doing everything wrong and my kids are going to end up on the road to ruin.  Heavens.

Maybe I’ll go chase rainbows and look for unicorns today.  Rent a Reese Witherspoon movie.  Find the name of a good trial lawyer…..

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