Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Parenting Tip #367

I'm really happy to be able to share with you another one of my greatest moments in parenting.

I've finally decided that my purpose here on earth is to teach.  To set a fine example of parenting skills that reflect the vast depth of experience I have in this area.

So, pay attention...

  • When approaching our child, son/and or daughter about their poor driving habits, always do it at the dinner table or around a board game, while folding laundry, feeding the dog, handing them allowance... 
  • Never breach the subject in the car...
  • On a Monday night...
  • When you have exactly 5 minutes to get to the 6:45 showing of their favorite movie, on the other side of town.
  • Never take a short cut through the residential streets, while you're in a hurry, while discussing their lead foot. 
  • Never assume that they don't listen to you.  They do.  They also watch what you do. They are also very good at noticing the speedometer.
  • When you are done rambling on about how they need to be more attentive and less aggressive behind the wheel because any minute a little kid could run out between the parked cars, chasing their ball and BAM, it only takes a split second to change a life, two lives, a whole family and that isn't really something you want to live with your whole life right?Right so just slow down, there is nothing so important you need to fly through town for. I read a book once about a boy who hit a girl on her bike and he has never forgiven himself, he says he only has half a life, no one wants just half a life, you want a whole life....
  • And, when you finally break for air from this awesome connection and teaching moment...
Be prepared for the rebuttal and rebuke!

Yes...At this point, there is nothing you can do to save face.  It's best to just keep your mouth shut and take what comes like the winner you are!  

This might also be a good time to remember that this offspring of yours, is way smarter than you give them credit for.   While you are keeping your mouth shut and listening to their thoughtful words, consider the next time you feel the need to lecture the children.  Take into account the topic you will be addressing and plan the location and timing accordingly so that you don't make the same mistake twice.  That's what savvy parents me! 

Yes, I certainly discovered my true purpose here.  The world needs bad examples just as much as they need good ones you know.  I'm sure it's one lecture my kids won't soon forget.  In fact, I'm pretty sure this will be one of those teaching moments that will go down in history, to be brought up at all the family gatherings for the next generation or so...and that my another great parenting moment by Your's Truly! 

Enough Said. 


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