I am sure I will have a valid explanation for each one.
The reason I am thinking of this, is because the other day I was thinking of all the crazy stuff my mom used to say to me. I am sure in her mind the was a very valid reason to say these things. I think the problem lies within the the fact (I say this because this is why I do it) that we just say stuff to our kids and want them to blindly accept them, seriously, it would never stop if we had to explain every damn thing to them.
So here is a list of the crazy stuff my Mom said to me over the years:
1. You can't have those Precious Moments dolls, why do you want them? They look like they have Downs syndrome. (I was 6)
2. You are too old to get a Cabbage Patch Doll (I was 12)
3. You are too young to go to the movies with your friends alone (I was 12, make up your mind lady)
4. You can't be the great pumpkin for Halloween, how are you going to dance with the boys? (I was 12)
5. You are too young to shave your legs (I was 12)
6. You know what my Mom used to do? She would rub alcohol on her legs and then light it to burn the hairs off, because her mom didn't let her shave her legs, maybe you should try that! (Wait...I can't shave, but I should set myself on FIRE?! I was 12)
7. That bra does nothing for you, you need a serious under wire (HUH?! wire, sound painful! I was 15)
8. How about changing boyfriend less than you change your underwear (I was 16, what! I was popular, had to play the field!)
9. I know we have never had the talk, but... (um, too late now, I was 17)
10. You know, you can't get married in WHITE (the HELL I CAN! I was 18)