Tuesday, October 07, 2008

I'll take that as a compliment

The other day I was talking to Neal-13 about whether he thought setting media limits, like the ones I mentioned here was an unreasonable thing to suggest to another parent. He was in the middle of an after-school bowl of cereal.

"Yeah. Like, nobody's parents do that, Mom," he replies drily, not looking up from his bowl of cereal.

"I mean, you know - other parents like US."

He puts his spoon down, looks over at me, and, with perfect comedic timing, says, "Mom, there really ARE no parents like you!"

I ran over to him, hugged him, and said, "THANK YOU for such a high compliment!"

Ah, I love that boy.

Good times here at the Raising Five house...

(BTW, I'm glad to know there ARE other parents like us, though! We need to keep encouraging each other!)


El Shaddai Ranch said...

Remember when you were little and you thought your best friend's parents were the coolest and you wanted to go live with them? I'm guessing that's what's going on here. I'm sure there ARE other parents like you that your son knows, it's just that kids who have strict parents don't talk about it to one another b/c they don't want to be "the only one."

We should start a 1,000,000 parent blog march so we can show our kids SEE HERE THEY ARE - you are not alone in your misery : )

Katherine@Raising Five said...

I think he's figuring out that "limits" and "love" are somehow related, but he wasn't about to admit that to me, at least not over a bowl of cereal. Maybe I should have offered to make him an omelette??

Anonymous said...

A hearty, "Amen" to you, sister.
Walking the same path, as you know.
God bless those teens, don't they bring it back to reality? =)

Andrea said...

uh, actually, that wasn't spencer, but me there above! I am using my husband's computer!

Les & Sweetie Berry said...

Last weekend at a neighborhood event we spoke to five different sets of parents who, like us, were appalled at a recent event for teens that we brought ours home from before it started.....it is true, we are all fighting the same fights, to keep our children in bounds and safe.....wish we could talk more often to all of them, find each other more often...one of the issues with being the new guys is you don't know the names of the other guys!

Beck said...

Oh! I had a moment like this - The Girl went to a sleepover on the weekend and a movie - Indiana Jones, I think - was going to be watched, but she actually went and spoke quietly to the host mother and said that she wasn't allowed to watch that, could they watch something else? I was proud of her for standing up for our family's values AND for doing it in a way that didn't make a fuss. Good, good girl.