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by Abigail Van Buren

Mom's Open Door Policies Make Her an Easy Target

DEAR ABBY: My daughter watches TV sitcoms along with her precocious 4-year-old son who is being exposed to many "adult" themes, terms and politically incorrect infractions. She doesn't see the harm. Do you? -- NOT A TV FAN

DEAR NOT A TV FAN: Yes, I do. Your daughter's parenting skills leave something to be desired. At a time when she should be entertaining and enriching her son, she's entertaining herself. There are books she could read with him and programs they could view together that would expand both their intellects. It's a shame she's not availing herself of them.

Will this harm the boy? Maybe not. But she's not helping her son grow intellectually and creatively, either.