Totally Winning at Parenting

Bikini Barista will be my costume the first Halloween the kid wants to go as “sexy” anything. I will ruin sexy forever.

There is much humor to be found in horrific parenting fails. Like buying Bunchems, for instance (see our Instagram). But because today is mother’s day and I just narrowly avoided spilling conditioner into my shower beer (don’t judge, it was slippery) i am feeling like a winner at life and so, for my increasingly disinterested readership, I’m celebrating my very brief list of parenting wins.

bikini barista costume1.  Today, my children are both dressed like blind, drunk clowns. Some parents might consider this laziness on my part. I’ve seen the pinteresting children in their military inspired coats and high waisted jeans and sunglasses nicer than mine.I know these things are possible. I know a kid can rock an updo with more swagger than I have on the average Thursday. But I’m in it to win it in the long haul and I have daughters. So every time they ask to wear something stupid I just shrug and say, “I’d recommend this more appropriate thing, but ultimately, it’s your body.” Because it is. If she thinks jeans are uncomfortable, who am I to tell her different. It’s her body, she’s the boss of it. I say it so often, it’ll be eye-roll worthy soon, but if she remembers that when boys happen…well, that’s psych 101 at work. I may regret this one briefly in the tattoo years.

2. We were watching Neil Degrasse Tyson say something brilliant and I started to say something along the lines of “Holy shit that guy is so smart,” but I stopped myself at the last and said, instead. “I love that guy. He is so CURIOUS.” There was more to it, of course, because I can’t stop talking even when I’m done talking, but I felt pretty damned clever for that little twist. Smart is a judgment call, but curious? Anyone can be curious. Curious is, to me, more important than smart anyways. Just ask Alice.

3Lastly (but also firstly) I felt like a goddamn genius when the Madness was in that “point at the odd person and say something insulting super loud” phase kids go through. I told her, anytime you see someone really interesting and you feel the need to draw my attention, say the nicest thing you can think of about that person. Or, if we’re close to that person, I said, you can simply say “Hi! I like your (shirt/shoes/hair)” and rest assured I will notice, and we can discuss it later. This training culminated in a moment in line at a diner, standing behind the largest woman we’d ever seen, when Madz started to say something and my father, in a panic, practically knocked her over to cut her off. Madz looked up at him, insulted, and said, “I was going to say I like that lady’s DRESS. It’s a pretty dress, dontcha think gramps!?”

That’s it. This mothering thing is stupid hard and it’s often impossible to tell if you’re doing it correctly. I say, laugh at the fails, sure, but don’t forget to raise a shower beer in honor of those odd moments when you’re killing it.

Here’s to you, moms; may your successes be many, and your failures be worked out with competent therapists.


13 thoughts on “Totally Winning at Parenting

  1. I got a bunch of embarrassing photos of myself plastered on my Facebook wall from my teenagers as a tribute to Mother’s Day. To be fair, some were nice photos… but one was a screen-shot of a Snapchat I sent my son where I thought it would be funny to snapchat him a dopey face at 4:20pm with the time stamp on the snap.
    He posted it and now people probably think I condone weed.
    *hoping you get the 4:20 reference *
    Having teens = great laughs and huge cringing moments.

  2. Ahh, if I could marry this post, I’d do it. Probably in the Bahamas someplace with a tourist couple we never met watching the whole thing because they thought it was so romantic. It’s so good to read this. Parents have all had some variation of disaster and triumph. As always, your writing just carries me straight into the story, and I laughed a ton as usual. Good to see you 🙂

  3. HaHaHa This is so hilariously accurate!! I love it! My kids are 4 and 2 (and I’m an occasional ‘shower beer’ parent as well lol) My husband and I joke daily over our wins and fails. GREAT POST 🙂

  4. I started to say something along the lines of…

    Oh, you are still in the phase of parenthood when you are allowed to speak. This will pass. At first you will resent being silenced but then you will discover its serenity.

    • I was relating a story to the engineer and my kids popped up out of nowhere. “Why were the nuns killing babies!?” she asked, horrified. I was stunned. “Where did you come from!? How long were you listening??” She gave me a blank look, “I’m always listening…”

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