Monday, April 21, 2014

This Whole Parenting Thing

These days it seems like every other blog is about parenting. And not just parenting, but "bad" parenting...which is actually just kind of average or normal parenting. I guess those blogs exist to let people know that they are not alone. It's good, I guess. But it's also kind of annoying because there is still so much written about how to do everything THE RIGHT WAY. 

But what is the right way anymore?

I was about six months behind on my magazine reading and I finally sat down one day last week and started to flip through the pile. A lot of them were Parents magazine, I think. Or one of those rags that still encourages you to do everything right. I could barely get through the whole thing. I wanted to vomit. I don't remember exactly why, but the whole thing, every article, every picture, every "funny" story just irritated the crap out of me. Maybe it's because I've been a parent for 8 and a half years now and they are still writing the same articles ten different ways. I don't know that any of it has ever helped me.

Right now, there are 2 kids trying to fall asleep with electronics nearby, if not still in their hands. And neither one of them is in their bed. The baby is trying to fall asleep in my lap as I type this one handed on the iPad. I dropped a few f-bombs today. I yelled at them for not picking up their room. I yelled again for not taking the sheets off the bed after I asked at least 4 times.

I'm obviously not a model parent. I'm a good example of what not to do, I guess. At least I don't drink. Yet...

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