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TV ads create a super dilemma

A teenage boy borrowing his father's (attorneys have advised to not use the name) car for the prom. He speeds, drives recklessly, struts into the prom, kisses a girl, gets punched and drives recklessly, speeding away.

Then nerd dude shares a cringe-worthy kiss with swimsuit model Bar Rafaeli. We are told it is the merging of smart and sexy.

Dave WenzelA teenage boy has an out-of-control party, and his parents blow it off because they like the (name deleted) soda. Everyone laughs.

Drink (name deleted) beer and you will be surrounded by women in black leather outfits.

Senior citizens engaging in rabble rousing, getting tattoos and other things that would make 18-year-olds jealous.

Buy a (name deleted) car and you get a topless woman.

A young man apparently drank too much, had a kinky night with a woman and handcuffs, and the woman now has his T-shirt on. And he is trying to get it before presumably darting for the door.

And at half-time I suggested to the room full of teenage boys at my house that the show was really about music and dancing (not sex). They all laughed with (at) me.

Lots of funny stuff for adults to laugh at and have the young adults and kids laugh right along with them. You know, snicker, snicker, wink, wink. Don’t be so uptight, it’s just fun. Lighten up. Take a joke. None of it is serious. Or is it?

In 2010 in Oregon, 117 children (17 and younger) were arrested for drunk driving.

Between November 2011 and October 2012, there were just under 1,400 pregnancies for girls between 10 and 17. Clackamas County was sixth in the state. Multnomah County was first. Each of these numbers is a person.

After a pretty boring first half, the game actually become quite interesting. While downing a weeks' worth of calories in the form of hot dogs, hamburgers, chips (yes we had a veggie plate too), we caught up with friends, shared some laughs and watched the commercials.

I couldn’t help but wonder if we also gave permission for lots of things that might come back to bite us later. Remember: Your kids are more likely to do as you do, not as you say.

Longtime Sandy resident Dr. Dave Wenzel is an imperfect parent, a professor of counseling and a licensed professional counselor. He works with children, individuals, families and couples. His office, River Ridge Counseling, is in Sandy. He may be reached at 503-803-0444 or at davidwenzel@riverridgecounseling.com.

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