Thursday, April 4, 2013

Nature, Nurture and other crap

While this isn't meant to be an educational blog and I have no experience child psychology I do feel experienced enough to say that everything you read about parenting is total crap. In the past 11 years there is very few things I haven't seen, done or wiped up so I can say with absolute certainty that a good 75 percent of kid's behavior doesn't have anything to do with what they have been taught by their parents or anything that just comes natural.

For instance JAKE. For those of you that know me personally kind of already get where I am going with this one but for everyone else I will catch you up. Jake is a gorgeous, sweet child with a wild side a country mile long. He is always into something and will do the most horrendous, embarrassing things at any moment. Like jump up on the table at our new play group and begin dirty dancing like he is auditioning for the 2 Live Crew reunion.

This is something he has never seen ANYONE do. Maybe some ridiculously ugly dancing with a mop and some singing that probably borderlines attempted murder occasionally when I am cleaning but definitely no hip thrusting!

My main point of sharing this experience is so maybe the next time you are out and some child is running through a restaurant clearing tables or diving naked into the ball pit at Chuckie Cheese instead of immediately deciding he must have a horrible mother lean over and wave HI at me because I am certain those will be my kids!

Seriously try and be a little understanding that most parents really try to do the best they can and chances are they want their kid to stop doing whatever annoying thing they are doing at the moment as much if not more so than you. So maybe just put your Ipod in your ears or give an encouraging nod to let them know you acknowledge that they are trying. At least they are out with their kids and not curled up in the fetal position wearing a week old pair of flannel pajamas! Plus you never know when you may in that person's same position.

Be kind, be forgiving and pay no mind to the little boy dirty dancing in the super man undies!