Wednesday, December 12, 2007

W.W.S.D.*

I had a conversation with another mom at preschool this morning at pick-up time. We were chatting about our kids and whatnot and I mentioned that I always feel as if I'm dragging my kids around and cursing at them.

She gave me her very positive view of her perception of my parenting style. She was particularly impressed with my patience (something that, when it applies to me, others could interpret as negligence). I was touched, especially because I feel like such an obvious basketcase most of the time. She even went so far as to tell me that sometimes at home when confronted with a parenting dilemma, she'll ask herself how she thinks I would handle the situation.

Oh, man, someone get this woman a parenting book, because I shouldn't be her role model! But I could make bracelets.

I adore this mom, and not just because she has perfect hair and adorable children. She's really nice, and if I put the two of us side by side and asked someone to pick out the more together person, I think 4 out of 5 people would point to her. Because seriously, folks? I let Quinn eat honeydew off the preschool floor yesterday.

So I put my kids in the car and was driving away from the school deep in thought about what I thought about her perception of me and how much might be valid and how much could be attributed to public vs. private persona, and whether I really was a patient parent, and so on.

And then, at some point, I realized that I had driven ten minutes past the turn-off to Jack's afternoon school and was almost home. So I had to flip a u-turn and speed back the way I'd come.

What would Stimey do? I know! Entirely forget she has children!

Yep. A role model for the ages.

*****

*What Would Stimey Do

8 comments:

  1. Stimey is a WONDERFUL parent. YM

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  2. But it was HONEYDEW. The nutritiousness of the food outweighs it's lack of cleanliness.

    I've been told that I am patient and I think, wow, what they haven't seen me do at home AND actually, that's me checking out and robot mom taking over so that I don't blow a gasket.

    Glad you made it home safely (I'm assuming here).

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  3. As I was driving home last week, deep in thought, I hear from the backseat, "ummm mom, am I going to preschool today?" I too forgot I was a parent and had to do a u-turn. Come to think of it, I do lots of u-turns.
    WWSD will be my motto from now on!

    ~C

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  4. ROFLMAO! I see a new business venturefor you...parent consulting! LOL

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  5. Kelley (magnetoboldtoo)December 13, 2007 at 6:39 AM

    10 second rule applies to honeydew too you know.

    And you were ensuring that he gets valuable antibodies...

    See a BRILLIANT parent even if you were unaware of it!

    Kelley

    http://magnetoboldtoo.wordpress.com

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  6. This is all true: At least my kids will have kick-ass immune systems!

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  7. So far I haven't seen any glaring problems with your parenting. Actually - the only problem I have seen is when you're too hard on yourself ABOUT your parenting!

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  8. You absolutely have to have bracelets made and sell them on your blog. I normally don't appreciate commercialism on blogs, but this is something I'd go for.

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