Saw this post on Facebook the other day:
HOST FAMILY NEEDED for a 15 year old girl from Germany already enrolled in high school. Original host family has health emergency and can’t host her. Per the local coordinator “The students come fully insured with their own spending money on personal stuff and school supplies through their monthly allowance from the natural parents. Host Families accept a student into their home as a ‘host son or daughter’, provide a bed, meals and necessary transportation and offer an opportunity for a young person to learn about America and enjoy a lifelong relationship.”
And, well, you know me by now, I began to think about the whole exchange student thing as related to being a RESPONSIBLE #$%&** PARENT. What sane parent sends a 15 year-old girl to live in some stranger’s house in a foreign country? Yeah, I know. You uber-liberal freaks will defend the action as “cultural exposure” or some other retarded term you pulled out of one of Kristin van Ogtrop’s ridiculous publications.
First of all, let’s talk about culture. In Germany, you can legally order a beer or wine at 16 years old. However, you’ll need to hold up on the whiskey until you’re 18. Fortunately, they’ve wised up on the ills caused by smoking and raised that age to 18. Here’s where things get weird – the age of consent for sexual relations in Germany is technically 14. Yes, that’s FOURTEEN, folks. I’m not saying that’s right or wrong, I’m stating that German culture is vastly different than American culture. This girl is going to get here and may expect to drink and party like a German rockstar in America, and our laws won’t let that happen. That may lead to disappointment and depression, and countless other problems.
Secondly, let’s talk about her parents. What the hell are you thinking? Fifteen is a crucial age in the development of a minor. She’s beginning the transition from an adolescent into an adult, critical years in molding her mind into becoming a responsible adult. And her parents are going to trust that with some stranger? Sure, there is some background checking into the host families, but how much can you really know about the folks who will pretty much set the stage for your child’s transition into adulthood? This is incredibly and unforgivingly irresponsible.
Finally, well, let’s look at her parents again, but in a different light. WHY are they sending their baby, their pride and joy, their princess away for a year or more under the guise of becoming “worldly?” What’s the real motive here? Either her parents are dead, dumb as rocks, or this 15 year-old is a bitch from hell that is being pawned off on some unsuspecting family.
I’ll tell you who sends children away — one-percenters and faux-moms who no longer get compliments on their children. To them, their kids are baggage. An obligation. Material objects that are easily parted with. This is wrong. You’re supposed to love and cherish your children, and your entire family for that matter. People who send their children away shouldn’t be allowed to have children.