If you do one thing this week, watch at this video.
I want you to think back to a time, a time before you had kids. A time when a hot, young actor named Kevin Bacon danced his way into our hearts in a movie called Footloose. Not that horrid remake they did a few years ago, but the original. The 1984-oh-so-awesome version. The version that made you get up and shout-sing and dance to Stephanie Mills’ Let’s Hear it for the Boy. That version? That version is 30 years old. Thirty. Damn, I’m old.
Earlier this month, Kevin Bacon was a guest on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon where dancing was recently outlawed. Well, you know
Ren McCormack Kevin Bacon wasn’t going for any of that. Check it out…
How fun! Now, if you’ll excuse me… I have some Sunday shoes to kick off.
A few months ago, when the hubs and I were having a particularly bad time with the kid‘s behavior, my dad said to me, “Be patient, he’s never been seven before, and you’ve never parented a seven year old before.” Now, while the statement may seem simple, it’s really not. To me, what it means is that it’s all new to all of us. We can’t approach parenting and discipline like the kid already knows what’s going on. We need to address each new challenge with a fresh perspective. Otherwise, we’ll get stressed out and find no resolution.
I’m trying to approach things, from this point of view, but it’s hard. Really hard. It’s easy to say, “You’re seven years old, act like it!” But, really, how would he know how a seven year old is supposed to act? Heck, how do we know how a seven year old I supposed to act? Because really, my seven year old is different than every other seven year old. I just have to learn to approach parenting from this P.O.V.
What about you? How do you approach parenting? What’s your technique?
Happy MLK Day! When you have an extra 20 minutes, or so… you should really check this out.
So, last night, I put together my desk from Ikea. I could’ve easily waited for the hubster to do it. But, I didn’t. Why? For two reasons, actually…
The first reason, is simply, just because I could. Seriously, it’s just following directions.
But the second, more important reason was because I wanted to show my son that I could. I wanted to provide him with an example of a woman that stereotypically a woman would not” or “could not” do. I want him to know that women (and girls) can do anything they put their minds to, and that they are not limited just because they’re female. I feel like it’s my responsibility to do so. Because, if I don’t show him, who will? How will he know that women deserve the same political, social, and economic rights as men, because they are equal to men. Not better, not worse, not even the same… equal.