Big.. Deep… Breath…..
Sometimes, as parents, we have to step back and remind ourselves to do that every once in a while.
Heck, sometime as HUMANS we need to do that.
But tonight, I had to do it as a parent. Because sometimes, our kids do stupid things. They do stupid things and think that as parents we are to stupid to know that the child has done the stupid thing.
Sadly for said child, I’m not stupid, so said child was called out tonight on their stupid thing. Said child was reduced to tears as I demanded a sound explanation for their stupid thing. Because it is a stupid thing, there is no sound explanation, of course, but I needed said child to recognize that.
I also needed to not kill said child over stupid thing. I just needed them to learn from it.
Teaching moments… so valuable, but oh so stressful.
There was learning.
I apologize for the general confusing text of this post. I’m trying, in some way, to protect said child from future embarrassment from their stupid move. As such, I won’t get specific, but I know I’m not the only parent who’s faced this sort of joy, so this probably makes sense to you. If it doesn’t yet, give it a few years, and try again. You’ll get it at some point. Promise.