Since my readers here know I'm anything but normal, I decided to share my reasons for not being normal with other moms over at Parent Society today. I have a weekly column there, and it's stuff not posted here on Inklings, so go check it out. To see all of my posts on Parent Society, you can click the big Parent Society Contributor button in the sidebar- it takes you to my profile!
Here's the start to the article. Enjoy!
What's So Great About Being Normal, Anyway?
My 10-year-old daughter got into the car at afternoon pick up one day, pretty distraught. When I asked her what was wrong, she simply stated:
“Sometimes I just wish we could be normal, like everyone else.”
I was thrown off-guard with her statement. I’m in no way a normal mom, but I needed specifics before I began debating with her. (We don’t argue in our house, we debate.)
“I don’t know Mom, just normal. Like you could be like everyone else’s mom. We’re never allowed to go into other people’s houses, or play outside unless you can see us, or even watch Spongebob. My friends are allowed to do all of those things.”
I began debating with my daughter.
1. I don’t know these other people or their parents, so until I can assess whether or not it is safe for you to go into their house, it will continue to be this way.
2. Not allowing you to play where I can’t see you is for your own safety. A child is reported missing every 40 seconds in the United States. I’m doing everything in my power to make sure you and your brother are not in that statistic.
3. Spongebob is a brainless cartoon that teaches kids nothing of value but instead teaches them to whine, make stupid decisions, take crap from other people, and be mean to your best friend. There will continue to be no Spongebob in my house.
My answers apparently weren’t good enough for her, but she chose to not debate with me any longer. This gave me....
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