My Questionable Parenting Skills

Wednesday, March 10, 2010 at 12:00 am 24 comments


After years of  inept parenting, deplorable habits, abject laziness, and indulgence in mind rotting television, I have decided to take a parenting class to see if I can undo years of incompetence.  I mean, they ‘ve got a couple more years before they graduate and leave home.  It’s not too late, is it ?! 

The other night we were watching women’s Olympic  figure skating.  The top women all had such compelling stories that I really wanted to hear them and enjoy every bit of their performance. 

Previously, while watching men’s free style aerial skiing, we were sitting around chatting and joking and enjoying the show very casually.  Once the figure skating began – I was tuned in and serious.  I looked up from my laptop and paid close attention.

However, at the very moment that the coverage switched to figure skating, my 13 and 11-year-old girls started kidding around and joking in extra loud fashion.  First I blurted out  in frustration, “Will you two PLEASE keep it down so I can hear what’s going on!?” 

Instantly I realized that this approach was totally against the teachings I’d received at the parenting seminar.  I immediately re-phrased my outburst to ” I’m sorry, what I meant to say was please feel free to kid around loudly as soon as the skater finishes her routine.” 

Weird expressions crossed their faces and they shared quizzical glances before they fell back into mirth.  In response to their next outburst of loud happiness, I started loudly, “PLEASE BE – (then more quietly) I mean- feel free to…”  Their reply: “Why are you talking like that ?”  And then we all had a giggle. 

By the third outburst I finally mastered the correct verbage but we were all laughing so hard we started choking.  Then they started mocking me.  How did I become the butt of this joke?  They were like – “What’s with all the feel free stuff?”  At this point I looked both of them in the eye and shouted, “WILL THE TWO OF YOU JUST SHUT UP!!!”.  At this point we were all but rolling on the ground laughing.    Sigh…  Did anyone TiVo the figure skating so I can come see it at your house?  Will I be winning any parenting awards soon?  Guess not!


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24 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Nitya  |  Wednesday, March 10, 2010 at 12:32 am

    Oh Era, thank you kindly for the morning giggles.

    • 2. Era  |  Wednesday, March 10, 2010 at 7:54 am

      I’m always happy to share the joy.

  • 3. Hannah  |  Wednesday, March 10, 2010 at 12:37 am

    Hey! I’m taking a parenting class too! It was that time again. 🙂 Just started a couple days ago, but it definitely has me thinking.

    I think you should celebrate the fact that you and your daughters, however inadvertently, had a great moment of connection together. And I don’t have TiVo, but have you looked on iTunes? They have some of the events on there for .99 each!

    • 4. Era  |  Wednesday, March 10, 2010 at 7:55 am

      It was a great moment and I did get to see the events 🙂

  • 5. maidinmalaysia  |  Wednesday, March 10, 2010 at 10:18 am

    loved the post and the cartoons:-) thanks era.

    • 6. Era  |  Wednesday, March 10, 2010 at 10:39 am

      Glad you liked it 🙂

  • 7. Lakshmi Srinivasan  |  Wednesday, March 10, 2010 at 10:20 am

    That is too funny – I especially love the picture below with the unicorn! 🙂

    • 8. Era  |  Wednesday, March 10, 2010 at 10:40 am

      What a way to make a point, hun 🙂

  • 9. Just a Mom  |  Wednesday, March 10, 2010 at 11:50 am

    That is too funny! My kids would laugh their butts off too if I tried the parenting class approach!

    • 10. Era  |  Wednesday, March 10, 2010 at 12:37 pm

      I guess it’s back to the drawing board.

  • 11. Raji  |  Wednesday, March 10, 2010 at 12:53 pm

    I have all the skating from the Olympics taking up valuable real estate on my DVR. I need to move to a DVD someday.

    • 12. Era  |  Wednesday, March 10, 2010 at 3:21 pm

      Can those things be moved to DVD? That would be awesome.

  • 13. Mom Gone Mad  |  Wednesday, March 10, 2010 at 5:31 pm

    SHADDUP and LISTEN!! sounds like great, authoritative parenting to me. Am totally NOT willing to go the touchy-feely super understanding parenting route. Besides, everyone would die laughing (as yours almost did) and I’d be all alone;-)

    • 14. Era  |  Wednesday, March 10, 2010 at 5:59 pm

      Just gotta keep it real 🙂

  • 15. Doraz  |  Wednesday, March 10, 2010 at 6:07 pm

    You are such a brilliant writer! 🙂 Have fun with the family! lol

    • 16. Era  |  Wednesday, March 10, 2010 at 7:53 pm

      Somehow I get the feeling they are the ones having all the fun 🙂

  • 17. Tony  |  Friday, March 12, 2010 at 1:33 am

    SHUT UP is good, gets to the point, can’t be misunderstood & has a firmness about it

    • 18. Era  |  Friday, March 12, 2010 at 2:19 am

      I probably shouldn’t admit to this but shut up is often effective.

  • 19. Ritu  |  Friday, March 12, 2010 at 1:28 pm

    You just made my day 🙂 I miss u guys.

    • 20. Era  |  Friday, March 12, 2010 at 1:29 pm

      We miss you too :). Very much.

  • 21. S. Le  |  Saturday, March 13, 2010 at 3:55 pm

    I’m sure we could all use improvement in the parenting area. Too late for me nearly. My youngest is 22!

    • 22. Era  |  Saturday, March 13, 2010 at 7:01 pm

      From what I’ve seen thru your blog, I’d say you’ve done pretty well!

  • 23. emmap  |  Saturday, March 13, 2010 at 6:57 pm

    yeah… well, they are still alive right? and you still love them and they still love you. So – I’d say you’re doing pretty dang good! 🙂

    • 24. Era  |  Saturday, March 13, 2010 at 7:05 pm

      Still alive: by God’s grace yes. Love them: yes. They love me: not so sure about that. But I hear you’re not doing a good job until they say they hate you.


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