NICK NEWS WITH LINDA ELLERBEE: 12 FOR THE ROAD
Who will want to watch? - All ages
How safe is it? - It might challenge how you think about some things (which may be the most dangerous of all)
How good is it? - Lots of fun
Nick News special premieres tonight at 8 p.m. on Nickelodeon.
It’s the wanderlust, baby. I’m watching this Nick News special about the Kellogg family. Two parents, 12 kids and a dog and they live year-round in an RV. The kids are home-schooled and the family goes wherever they want. Oh, man. That is something I’ve always wanted to do. Well, maybe not with 12 kids.
But, hey, it works for the Kelloggs, and even if that kind of lifestyle would never work for you, that’s not what’s important here. It’s all about living life on your own terms, rather than what everyone else expects of you. I’m not advocating flipping the world the bird and ignoring your relatives in search of your own selfish desires – that never works. But being able to look at your life and decide what’s going to work best for your family as a whole and being willing to go with it – that’s a different ballgame. And it looks like it’s working for the Kelloggs.
This business of living on your own terms is actually critically important. Kids who feel comfortable with who they are, even if it’s not in step with their peers, are less likely to bend to peer pressure to try to fit in. Which means they’re less likely to engage in behaviors we’d rather they didn’t. Most importantly of all, though, it’s the best armor against bullying that you can give them. Period.
I know this for a fact. My daughter was, fortunately, given the room to be who she is, which is pretty introverted. Surprise, surprise, she got bullied. I found out when she was 12 and she happened to mention that the other kids said mean things about her. She just shrugged and said it was their problem. And that was the end of that.
So, as noted above, the real lesson in the Kelloggs’ story is not whether every family should pack up and live in a RV. It’s about being true to who you are as people, and that’s a very important lesson, indeed.