You know I teach 6th grade. You know I have two daughters. Did you know I worry that my girls are weird?
Nearly all my students have Facebook accounts or are active on Myspace. My girls play Animal Jam. My students are expert texters. My girls have cell phones, but never text. They never make phone calls and the only people who call them are me and their dad.
My 6th graders listen to some very interesting music that I cannot play in my classroom. Noodle loves Journey and older daughter just had her dad add all his Dr. Who music to her mac.
They are not completely sheltered. They know know about Facebook and Lady Ga Ga. They know text language but it drives them crazy when their Animal Jam "friends" use it. They know their classmates exist in a world they choose not to enter.
But, they are happy. Older daughter has wonderful friends at school who are sweet and true and kind. Noodle has also developed some sweet friendships. But their lives are family centered. Their choices are home centered. Both would rather spend time at home, with each other, than hang out with friends.
They play games on their computers, play with their dogs, snuggle on the couch with dad and popcorn for a Saturday evening of Dr. Who or super hero cartoons.
When my girls were young I followed my heart, but I also spent a lot of time reading about parenting and wondering if my choices were valid, or correct. I don't do that anymore. I'm surrounded by so many lost and neglected children that I don't really care if I'm not doing it "right".
They may be weird, but it works for them!